PNP says its ahead in Portland Eastern

PNP says its ahead in Portland Eastern

Sunday, March 10, 2019

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The People's National Party (PNP) yesterday said that its candidate for the Portland Eastern by-election, Damion Crawford, and the party itself “continue to hold majority support” in the constituency,“ based on recent poll findings”.

The party said that a poll conducted by Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CaDRES) showed that 53 per cent of respondents gave the PNP the thumbs up, with the governing Jamaica Labour Party trailing more than 25 points behind.

“CaDRES is the leading regional polling organisation which correctly predicted the elections in Barbados, Antigua, and Grenada,” the PNP said in a news release.

The PNP said that Crawford has majority support and approval in the constituency, while support and approval for the JLP candidate, Ann-Marie Vaz “is lagging, as overall the majority of respondents said they are unhappy with her representation so far”.

“In terms of party standing, the poll found that the PNP would receive 53 per cent of the total popular vote, while the JLP would receive 27 per cent if the election was held at the time the surveys were completed,” the PNP said. “This represents a 26 per cent difference between pledged support for the two main parties, with 20 per cent refusing to answer the question.

The PNP said the poll captured the opinion of 612 persons and has a margin of error of plus or minus five per cent.

The by-election has been called due to the murder of the sitting MP Dr Lynvale Bloomfield last month.

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