Another senior member of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has dismissed the latest Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) poll.
Delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture Friday at the party’s George Street headquarters, Minister of Education Ronald Jones called on party faithful to simply ignore the findings of the poll, which was published last weekend.
“Don’t mind the polls and pollsters. If you know your constituency you will know where they went and did the poll,” he said, adding that, “they did not do it with equality”.
He further intimated that the data presented could not be trusted, while telling party supporters: “Don’t get scared, there is a victory to be harvested against the odds.
“ I don’t fight battles that I can lose. I like to be successful and I like to be associated with people who know they can be successful,” he said after DLP stalwart Robert Bobby Morris also seriously questioned the accuracy of the CADRES poll earlier this week. In fact, he outrightly dismissed it as bearing no relation to reality.
However, if the poll is to be believed, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s national popularity has taken a major nosedive, falling significantly since the last election in 2013 to a mere eight per cent behind Opposition Leader Mia Mottley with 52 per cent support and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur with 18 per cent.
Similarly, the poll suggests that support for the ruling DLP had sunk to an all time low of 11 per cent, while support for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) had soared to 51 per cent, increasing the likelihood of a BLP landslide victory in the next election.