Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn is the best performing minister in government, according to a survey by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES).
Compared to the other government ministers, Walwyn scored highest for residents from all the various political demographics in the territory.
Walwyn’s average performance rating for residents is 5.8 out of 10.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Health Minister Ronnie Skelton both followed with a 5.2 rating.
Works Minister Mark Vanterpool trailed closely with a 5.1 out of 10 rating.
According to the survey, residents rated Deputy Premier Dr Kedrick Pickering as the poorest performing minister. He was given a 4.4 out of 10 rating.
In a more focused look at the survey, National Democratic Party supporters gave ministers higher ratings than Virgin Islands Party supporters.
Notably, ratings from the ‘uncertain voters’ demographic seem to reflect the average opinion of respondents overall.
Dismal ratings for security and agriculture
Meanwhile, Walwyn’s commanding rating also reflected in how respondents viewed his ministry’s performance.
Overall, residents gave the Walwyn-led education sector a 6 out of 10 performance rating.
The Skelton-led health sector received a 5.7 rating, followed by the Premier Smith-led tourism sector with 5.6.
Crime and agriculture had the poorest recorded performance of 3.7 and 2.7 out of 10, respectively.
Governor Augustus Jaspert has responsibility for the local police force, which manages security and crime, while Dr Pickering is responsible for agriculture.
While releasing the report, surveyors from CADRES gave some insight on the findings.
“It is noteworthy that respondents seemed to offer higher scores for the minister than the sector in some instances; suggesting that there might be some opportunity to discuss factors that have mitigated against the performance of various sectors.”
“It is also important to note that the sector often impacts on the popularity of the minister managing it; with education tending to be one of the better-performing sectors in the Caribbean, and agriculture one of the worst-performing,” CADRES explained.
Less than 700 respondents participated in the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus five percent.
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.