Opposition Leader Mark Golding’s favourability rating is now within 10 points of Prime Minister Andrew Holness. This is the closest it has been since he took leadership of the PNP in 2020.

That’s according to the latest Nationwide/Bluedot polls, powered by Total Tools. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.25 per cent.

George Davis reports.


The opposition leader is closing the favourability gap to Prime Minister Holness.

The Nationwide/Bluedot poll asked 1,878 Jamaicans what was their perception of the the opposition leader and the prime minister. Thirty-seven per cent have given Mr. Holness a positive rating. Twenty-seven per cent have given Mr. Golding a positive rating.

The prime minister’s positivity rating has seen an almost steady decline since 2021. In September 2021 his positivity rating was 49 per cent. That dropped to 45 per cent in September 2022, 37 per cent in February 2023 and improved slightly to 41 per cent in September 2023.

His current positivity rating of 37 per cent has fallen by 4 percentage points when compared to September last year.

For Mark Golding, he has seen a steady improvement since 2021. In September 2021 his positivity rating was 19 per cent. The opposition leader held firm between September 2022 and February 2023 with a positivity rating of 26 per cent. That increased to 29 per cent by September 2023.

His current positivity rating of 27 per cent is 2 percentage points fewer than in September last year.

Head-to-head, where favourability is concerned, Andrew Holness holds a 10 percentage point lead over Mark Golding. This is the closest the Opposition Leader has gotten to the Prime Minister in the last five polls done by the Bluedot team.

And Golding’s supporters will feel especially buoyant, given that in September 2021, the comrade leader was all of 30 points behind the prime minister.

On the other side of the coin, 29 per cent of Jamaicans hold a negative view of the prime minister. That’s down from 33 per cent in September last year.

Twenty-five per cent of those polled have a negative view of Mark Golding, slightly up from 24 per cent in the September survey.

So what about the performance approval ratings?

Thirty-six per cent of respondents approve of Holness’ performance as prime minister, up from 32 per cent last year.

Significantly, 27 per cent say Holness has done a poor job as prime minister, but this is 10 per cent fewer than the number of respondents who held that view in 2023.

For Mark Golding, 24 per cent of respondents say he has done a good job as opposition leader, 4 percentage points more than 2023.

And whereas 51 per cent saw Golding as a poor performer as opposition leader in 2023, the latest survey shows that that number has fallen to 33 per cent.

Interestingly, 52 per cent of PNP supporters say Golding has done a good job as opposition leader, compared to 70 per cent of labourites who say Andrew Holness has done a good job as prime minister.

With all that said, the Bluedot survey found that 36 per cent of respondents feel the JLP deserves a third term in office, up from 32 per cent in September last year.

Forty per cent say they do not deserve that third term, down from 42 per cent in September 2023.