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Election poll suggests East End deadlock

The General Election race for St George’s is locked in a dead heat, according to a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

The One Bermuda Alliance and the Progressive Labour Party is each claiming 42 per cent of the votes in the East End parish that has proved a decisive battleground in all recent elections, with 16 per cent of voters undecided. Read more…

Bermuda still opposes same-sex marriage

Bermuda remains marginally against same-sex marriage, according to a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

Forty-eight per cent of registered voters oppose the idea, with 44 per cent in favour and 8 per cent undecided, the Global Research survey found this month.

It means the gap has narrowed slightly, from eight percentage points to four, since the no campaign led 49-41 last June.

The poll was carried out between May 15 and 19, a few days after Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled in favour of Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche’s bid to marry on the island. Read more…

Support for event swells to new high

Supporters of the America’s Cup outnumber opponents by four to one, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

The Global Research survey found that 70 per cent of registered voters said they supported Bermuda hosting the sailing contest, compared with 17 per cent who oppose it and 13 per cent who said they don’t know.

In July 2015, only 52 per cent of respondents had said they supported the Bermuda Government’s financial support for the Cup, with 27 per cent disapproving and 21 per cent on the fence.

Larger numbers now appear convinced the event will provide good publicity for the island and boost the economy and tourism — although some maintain it only benefits the rich and privileged. Read more…

OBA gains public support in poll

The One Bermuda Alliance has more public support than at any point since coming to power, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

The ruling party had a 44-38 lead over the Progressive Labour Party, an advantage of six points, in the survey by Global Research from May 15 to 19.

It represents a swing of nine points from six months ago, when the PLP was leading 38-35.

The OBA’s previous best score came in December 2015, when it led 42-30 in the first poll after the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda. Read more…

75% Disagree With BPS Use Of Pepper Spray

75% of people disagreed with the Bermuda Police Service’s use of pepper spray during the protests in December, according to a recent poll.

The poll, conducted earlier this month by Global Research, asked “Do you agree or disagree with the Bermuda Police Service’s use of pepper spray during the Dec 2nd 2016 protests?” Read more…

I get the poll but we had to take action

I would like to comment on The Royal Gazette’s polling report that shows people think the investigations into the activities of Ewart Brown, the former premier, and the misuse of public money by Progressive Labour Party governments are racially and politically motivated.

As Premier, I can speak only to matters that come under the Government’s responsibilities, such as the recently completed Commission of Inquiry and the findings of auditors-general into the misuse of public funds. Read more…

Poll: Brown inquiry ‘politically motivated’

More than half of people believe the investigations into Ewart Brown and the Progressive Labour Party are politically motivated, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

The vast majority of those think the One Bermuda Alliance has reason to highlight the possible wrongdoings of its political opponent to tarnish its reputation during an election year or because of a vendetta against the former premier.

However, Dr Brown’s suggestions that the inquiries are race-related won less support, with a bit more than one third in agreement with him. Read more…

Racism tops crime in list of concerns

Racism has overtaken crime as one of the biggest issues facing Bermuda, according to a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

A surge of voters named racism as their top concern in the Global Research survey this month: 16 per cent, up from 7 per cent three months ago and 2 per cent in December 2015. Whites and One Bermuda Alliance supporters were more likely to pick racism than blacks and Progressive Labour Party supporters, a breakdown of the results shows. Read More…

Poll: OBA edges back into the lead

The One Bermuda Alliance has reclaimed its slight lead over the Progressive Labour Party, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

The OBA has a 38-35 advantage over the PLP, a swing of six percentage points after the Opposition led by 38-35 last November.

With a margin of error of +/- 5 per cent in the Global Research survey, the race remains extremely tight as Bermuda enters the final few months before the next General Election.

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Public shun politicians for Valentine’s date

Anybody who has listened to Parliamentarians on a Friday night can vouch for their smooth talking into the moonlight hours — but when it comes to winning the hearts of the voting public they have some way to go.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked 400 registered voters which of the island’s politicians they would most like to join for a romantic dinner.

Unfortunately for the Romeos and Juliets of the House on the Hill, the top answer was: “I would not go.”

It wasn’t all bad news though, with 17 different politicians getting at least one mention and Michael Dunkley apparently in need of a stick to beat off all the attention from elderly ladies.

The Premier topped the chart with 18 per cent of voters, picking him as their Valentine, followed by Progressive Labour Party MP Kim Wilson with 11 per cent and Opposition leader David Burt on 9 per cent.  Read more.

Restaurants prepare for big night

Bermuda restaurateurs’ hearts will be beating a little faster tonight — thanks to the patron saint of love.

For St Valentine’s Day is expected to provide a boost for the trade, with a total expenditure for the day on the island in excess of $1.5 million, according to a survey carried out for The Royal Gazette.

Philip Barnett, head of the Island Restaurant Group chain and also industry spokesman for the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s a big thing for the industry in what is usually a slow month.

“We’re always happy to have it, particularly when it falls on a week night.”Read more…

Poll: majority supports airport proposal

Nearly two-thirds of registered voters want the Bermuda Government to press ahead with its plan to build a new airport, according to a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette this week.

The survey, conducted by Global Research, found 62 per cent in favour of the proposal, with 26 per cent believing the Government should ditch the project and renovate the existing terminal instead. The remaining 12 per cent wanted neither option.

Job creation and the need to repair a crumbling facility were the most popular reasons given by those in support of the development; those wanting to renovate argued that method would be less costly and would avoid leasing the airport out for a long time; a perceived lack of transparency was the top reason for those wanting neither a new build nor renovations. Read more.

Poll Results: Union Activity & Rev Tweed Permit

Poll results have been released on Rev. Tweed’s work permit and union-related matters, showing that 77% of respondents agree that BIU President Chris Furbert’s “call for union workers to down tools over non-union related matters is inappropriate because it unfairly hurts the majority of Bermudians”, while 85% agreed that “Rev. Tweed’s work permit should meet the same standards as all other applications.”

The poll was conducted between January 5 and January 9 in order to “measure public opinion on the handling of Reverend Nicholas Tweed’s work permit and on the role and actions of unions in Bermuda.” Read more…

OBA under threat as PLP enjoys voter swing

A little more than a year ago, the One Bermuda Alliance enjoyed a 12-point lead over the Progressive Labour Party. In the first of a three-part series looking at Bermuda’s political landscape at the start of 2017, we ask political commentators how and why that lead withered away

The leader quitting after months of public bickering with his colleagues, a string of resignations and a support said to be growing weary of the mediocrity within its ranks — it was not a vintage year for the Opposition. Read more…

Two-thirds against House blockade

Two-thirds of people contacted in an island-wide poll said they were against last month’s protest outside House of Assembly which prevented MPs from entering the building.

The dispute led to police intervention when officers pepper-sprayed protesters and in turn sparked a storm of controversy.

According to the Global Research poll, which sought the opinion of 400 registered voters who intend to vote in the next General Election, 67 per cent said they believe protesters did not have the right to break the law and block access to the House. Another 25 per cent said protesters had the right to block access, with 8 per cent either not responding or didn’t know. Read more…

Public rejects threat to derail America’s Cup

The threat to derail the America’s Cup has received a huge thumbs down from all sections of the community.

Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert warned last Tuesday that the showpiece sailing event would be jeopardised unless the Government reversed its decision to refuse a work permit for the Reverend Nicholas Tweed.

A new Global Research poll has found that, regardless of religious or political beliefs, age, gender, race, household income or union membership, opposition to the ultimatum is extremely strong. Read More…

Fears of restrictions to overseas opportunities

Bermudians believe Brexit will restrict their opportunities to live and work overseas, according to a survey commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

In a Global Research poll, 39 per cent of registered voters said Britain’s departure from the European Union will be negative to the island, with 12 per cent optimistic, 6 per cent believing it will have no impact and 43 per cent unsure.

Some 57 per cent of people said they opposed Brexit, with 15 per cent in favour and 28 per cent saying they do not know.

Among those who believe Bermuda will be adversely affected, 69 per cent identified their reason as passports and the ability to travel, work and live abroad. Read More…

Fearing the Trump effect

Almost half of Bermudians believe Donald Trump will damage the island because of his temperament, radical views and tax policies, according to a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette.

Some 45 per cent of registered voters fear United States President-elect Mr Trump, right, will have a negative impact on Bermuda, with just 8 per cent saying he will have a positive impact, 11 per cent saying no impact and 36 per cent unsure.

The overwhelming majority had been hoping Hillary Clinton would win the election on November 8, with Clinton supporters locally outnumbering Trump supporters by 68 per cent to 7 per cent. Read More…

Majority unhappy with Cannonier

Three times as many voters disapprove of public works minister Craig Cannonier’s performance as those who support him, according to a political opinions poll.

The Devonshire South Central MP had the backing of 23 per cent of voters, compared with 67 per cent overall who disapproved of his performance and 10 per cent saying they didn’t know.

The Global Research survey took place between December 1 and 8, shortly before Mr Cannonier was touted by One Bermuda Alliance sources for a potential return as Premier. Read more…

PLP ‘encouraged’ by taking lead in poll

The Progressive Labour Party has said a poll showing it to be more popular than the ruling One Bermuda Alliance was an “encouraging endorsement”.

However, a spokeswoman for the party played down the importance of the results.

“The PLP does not place much emphasis on poll results,” the spokeswoman said. “They are a snapshot in time and, in politics, much can change in an instant. Our focus remains on ensuring the people’s voices are heard and that we hold the Government accountable. Opinion polls do not affect what we are truly working for, which is equality, social justice and fair opportunity for all.” Read More…

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