By Rick Lowe
The Workers Party recently conducted an election poll on Bay Street and the results listed below were sent in an e-mail from an unknown source, so I can't swear for their veracity.
They are interesting however.
WORKERS PARTY POLL
15th March, 2007
Official results of the Poll conducted on Wednesday the 14th March 2007.
Total votes cast:
700 of which:
Total votes for Ingraham 325 - % of total votes 46.4%
Total votes for Christie 252 - % of total votes 36 %
Other (neither Ingraham nor Christie) 123 - % of total votes 17.6%
Votes by gender
Males votes for Ingraham 166 - % of total votes 51.1 %
Male votes for Christie 103 - % of total votes 31.7 %
Female votes for Ingraham 159 - % of total female votes 42.4 %
Female voters for Christie 149 - % of total votes for Christie 37.7 %
Registered male votes for Ingraham 127 - % of total male registered votes 53.4%
Registered male votes for Christie 77 - % of total male registered votes 32.3%
Registered female votes for Ingraham 133 - % of total female registered votes 44.2%
Registered female votes for Christie 123 - % of total female registered votes 40.9 %
Unregistered male voters for Ingraham 13 - % of total unregistered male voters 37.1 %
Unregistered male voters for Christie 10 - % of total unregistered male voters 28.6 %
Unregistered female voters for Ingraham 14 - % of total unregistered female voters 28.6 %
Unregistered female voters for Christie 17 - % of total unregistered female voters 34.5 %
The survey indicates that Hubert Ingraham is favored by Bahamian voters, both male and female, with Mr. Ingraham having his strongest support among male voters, while maintaining a slim lead with females. Whereas Mr. Christie main source of support is among females.
The survey also suggest that among registered voters Mr. Ingraham’s support is even more dominant, winning 53.4 % of registered voters compared with 46.4 % of total votes. Also, Mr. Ingraham holds a slight lead over Mr. Christie when it comes to registered female voters, again indicating that Mr. Christie core support is among women. And that he has not been able to appeal to Bahamian males.
Also it is interesting that the category “other” is so significant, representing 17.6 % of total votes cast. This category and its relatively large number indicates that a sizeable number of Bahamians presently do not want or intend to vote for Mr. Ingraham nor Mr. Christie, despite the fact that some 64.2 % or 79 of the total number of voters comprising, others (123) have registered to vote. Further, this indicates that this group intends to vote and in fact appears to possess a sufficiently large impact to determine the overall outcome of Election 2007; thus, neither Mr. Ingraham or Mr. Christie can ill afford to over look this group of voters. These voters may be young voters, first time voters, disillusioned voters, i.e. swing voters who make up almost one fifth (17.6%) of the total votes cast.
This significant category “other” indicates that a large percentage of the Bahamian voting public is some what apathetic and disillusioned with the leaders of the two main political parties and appear open to embracing a viable alternative leader should one emerge. Such a large percentage of Bahamian voters comprising the “other” category signals a lack of confidence in the two main men seeking to lead The Bahamas going forward an in turn paints a pale picture for politics in The Bahamas and for the future of The Bahamas.