PORT OF SPAIN — As the People’s Partnership Government commemorates its third anniversary in office today, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s approval rating has sustained another hit.
As leader of the government elected in 2010, Persad- Bissessar’s performance as prime minister in 2013 is perceived as being disapproved by more people than in 2011 and 2012.
There has also been no improvement in people’s perception that she can manage her cabinet. Moreover, members of the population increasingly opined that they think the general public has little or no respect for the prime minister.
These are the findings of the latest Market Facts and Opinions survey commissioned by the Trinidad Express Newspapers.
The comparisons made throughout this survey are similar with previous studies conducted by MFO in April 2011 and November 2012.
Fieldwork was conducted over a ten-day period from April 30 to May 11, 2013, with door-to-door interviews. Six hundred and eight interviews were completed in Trinidad, with 49 in Tobago.
Respondents were randomly selected from a sample reflective of national distribution based on location, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background and age.
The sample error was plus/minus four per cent.
Job approval ratings
Comparable proportions have approved of the way Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar is handling the job of Prime Minister in 2013 and in 2012.
Yet it should be noted an increasing proportion of respondents have indicated they disapprove of the manner in which Persad-Bissessar is handling the job of Prime Minister.
The respondents who held this negative opinion tended to be between 18 and 24 years, those from a high socio- economic background, and those of African descent.
Public expectation of her performance during the rest of her term is consistent with their expectations six months prior in November 2012.
Comparable proportions of the sample indicated she would improve [2013, 34% vs 2012, 34%] or remain the same [2013, 38% vs 2012, 35%]. It should be noted that in 2011, 45% of respondents were optimistic in their forecast of the Prime Minister’s performance in her upcoming years of her term.
In terms of job approval ratings, the survey compared Persad-Bissessar’s handling of the job of Prime Minister in 2013, 2012 and 2011.
It was noted that an increasing proportion of respondents (58 per cent) indicated they disapproved of the manner in which she is managing the job of Prime Minister.
This is compared with 53 per cent in 2012 and 39 per cent in 2011.
Thirty-seven per cent of the respondents interviewed approved of her performance in 2013, compared to 38 per cent in 2012 and 54 per cent in 2011.
In terms of her ability to manage her Cabinet, 35 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the way she was executing the job – the same as in 2012.
The survey also finds that respondents increasingly hold the view the general public is losing respect for the prime minister, with approximately four in every ten people interviewed (38 per cent) determining the public does not have respect for her.
This compared to 29 per cent in 2012 and 12 per cent in 2011. (Express)