Two polls, two different results, as the race for East Portland heats up.

A poll commissioned by the People’s National Party (PNP) shows its candidate-elect, Damion Crawford, with a 2-to-1 advantage over the Jamaica’s Labour Party, JLP’s Ann-Marie Vaz.

However, another poll commissioned by the Jamaica Observer shows Mrs. Vaz with a 10-point advantage in the constituency. The PNP poll was conducted by regional polling company, Caribbean Development Research Service, CADRES.

CADRES surveyed 612 people in late February, before the PNP had chosen a standard bearer. CADRES pollsters asked potential voters to choose from a list of several PNP contenders, as well as the JLP’s Ann-Marie Vaz.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would support one of the PNP aspirants, while just 27-percent said they would support the JLP.

Director of CADRES, Peter Wickham, says based on the findings, PNP supporters will vote for the party’s candidate-elect, Damion Crawford.

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According to Mr. Wickham, Crawford’s popularity is growing in the constituency. The pollster is predicting a PNP win.

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However, a more recent poll conducted on March 1 and March 2, by noted pollster Bill Johnson, shows the JLP’s Ann Marie Vaz in the lead. Johnson’s poll was commissioned by the Jamaica Observer.

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Johnson says the people who say they would vote for Mrs. Vaz are doing so because of her work in the constituency.

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