The latest Latin American Public Opinion Project, LAPOP, survey has found that a majority of Jamaicans believe votes are not always counted correctly during the electoral process.
But it has also revealed that Jamaicans are more satisfied with their democratic system of government compared to previous years.
The survey is a series of biennial cross-national, political culture studies known collectively as the Americas Barometer.
The LAPOP survey’s execution in Jamaica is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.
It measures public opinion, behaviours and attitudes toward democracy and governance throughout the Americas.
Suzell Wray reports.
The study, which was co-ordinated by Vanderbilt University in the US, found that 67 per cent of Jamaicans believe votes are not always counted correctly during an election.
This was followed by 15 per cent who believed votes are never counted correctly and 18 per cent who believed votes are always counted correctly.
Country Representative for the USAID in Jamaica, Alex Gainer says the results cast doubt on Jamaica’s democracy.
According to the findings a majority of Jamaicans, 59 per cent, believe the rich are sometimes able to buy elections in the country.
This is followed by 28 per cent believing the rich always buys elections in Jamaica and 13 per cent who believed the rich never buys elections.
In the meantime, co-ordinator for the study in Jamaica, Dr. Luke Plutowski says this year’s results have shown that Jamaicans are reacting favourably to a democratic system of government compared to previous years.
According to Mr. Plutowski 3-thousand interviews were conducted in each Latin American country with tailored questions on issues such as crime, gender-based violence, corruption and Justice.
The results were revealed this morning at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston and featured a panel discussion on the survey’s key findings.
Suzell Wray, Nationwide News.