Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton and Opposition Senator, Damion Crawford, are the two political leaders perceived most positively by the Jamaican people.
That’s according to the latest Nationwide/Bluedot Polls powered by Total Tools.
The data was collected from 1,294 respondents between August 18 and September 7. Ninety-four per cent of the respondents are registered voters.
It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.75 per cent.
Ricardo Brooks reports.
The Bluedot pollsters asked 1,294 Jamaicans whether they had a positive, negative or no opinion of select persons and organisations in the country.
The individuals put to the respondents were Andrew Holness, Mark Golding, Christopher Tufton, Floyd Green, Julian Robinson and Damion Crawford. While the organisations put to them were the opposition People’s National Party, PNP and the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP.
Tufton and Crawford lead among the political personalities.
Tufton gets a combined positive and very positive rating of 53 per cent. When his negative and very negative ratings are subtracted, the health minister is left with a net positive rating of 35 per cent.
Crawford enjoys similar positive rating. His combined total positive and very positive rating amounts to 44 per cent. When his negative and very negative ratings are subtracted, the Opposition Spokesman on Education has a net positive rating of 26 per cent.
That’s nine percentage points behind Dr. Tufton.
Both Tufton and Crawford have relatively low negative perception rating.
The next closest political leader with positive public perception is Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mr. Holness has a combined positive and very positive rating of 40 per cent.
However, the prime minister’s negative and very negative perception rating is 33 per cent. When subtracted from his positive ratings, that leaves the prime minister with a net positive rating of only seven.
That’s 19 percentage points behind Damion Crawford and more than 25 percentage points behind his Health Minister Dr. Tufton.
It’s worst for Mark Golding. The Opposition Leader has a combined positive and very positive rating of 29 per cent. When his combined negative and very negative rating of nearly 24-percent is subtracted, Golding is left with a net positive rating of five.
Interestingly, after nearly three years on the job, more than 47 per cent of Jamaicans said they had no opinion of Mark Golding. This is significantly more than the 26 per cent who say they have no opinion of the prime minister.
Floyd Green has a combined positive rating of 33 per cent, while Julian Robinson managed 27 per cent.
Green’s net positivity rating is 15, while Robinson scores 11. Notably, nearly 60 per cent of Jamaicans said they had no opinion of Julian Robinson, while 49 per cent of Jamaicans said they had no opinion of Floyd Green.