A majority of Jamaicans say they trust Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton and the Health and Wellness Ministry, to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

That’s the finding of the Nationwide Bluedot Poll which was conducted between August 14 and 30 this year among 1,500 Jamaicans across the island.

Wayne Walker reports.


Dr. Tufton and the Health Ministry are polling better than the national government in the level of trust the Jamaican people have in them managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

55-percent of those polled said they either trust, or trust highly, Dr. Tufton and the Health Ministry to manage the health resources and the Covid-19 pandemic wisely.

This far outstrips the 29-percent who said they did not trust Tufton and his Health Ministry to manage the pandemic.

13-percent said they had full faith and trust in Tufton and his Ministry while 16-percent said they had no faith and trust in them.

15-percent had no view.

Simultaneously, fewer people said they trust the Holness Administration to manage the pandemic as against those who trust Tufton and the Health Ministry.

While 55-percent said they trusted Tufton and the Health Ministry, 50-percent said the same of the national government.

11-percent gave the administration full confidence and trust.

As against 18-percent who said they had no or little trust in the government to manage the national resources and pandemic wisely.

Overall, 35-percent said they had no confidence in the administration to manage the pandemic.

The Bluedot pollsters also found that only 40-percent of Jamaicans trust schools to protect children and reduce the risk of coronavirus spread among students and their families at home.

This compares to 38-percent who said they have no or little trust in schools to protect children from Covid19.

The Bluedot poll has a margin of error of 2.5-percent. It was conducted among Jamaicans 18 years and older.