Majority of eligible voters in the British Virgin Islands currently have no political preference and believe the territory is heading in the ‘wrong direction’.
This was the finding of a Caribbean Development Research Services political survey conducted between February and March of this year among less than 700 respondents.
The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus five percent, classified 51 percent of respondents as ‘uncertain voters’ who do not support the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) or the opposing Virgin Islands Party (VIP).
Thirty percent of respondents identified the NDP as their preferred party while 14 percent favoured the VIP.
However, when questioned whether they desired a new party to enter the local political arena, the majority of respondents (41 percent) answered yes, while 24 percent believe current/traditional parties are adequate.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents prefered not to say whether they desired a new party.
BVI heading in wrong direction
While a commanding percentage of residents that support a traditional political party prefer the governing NDP, 48 percent of all respondents still believe the BVI is heading in the ‘wrong direction’.
Twenty-four percent think the territory is moving in the right direction.
Notably, the survey showed that NDP supporters were less inclined to think that the BVI was on the wrong track while with VIP supporters were more inclined to think this way.
The majority of persons who were either unsure of their political preference, would not disclose their political affiliation, or said they do not plan to vote during general elections also believe the BVI is heading in the wrong direction.
The Caribbean Development Research Services, which is also called CADRES, is a research organisation based in Barbados. Over the years, it has conducted polls in several countries across the region.
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