Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit enjoys a sixty four percent approval rating, according to the results of a recent poll, undertaken by the Barbados-based polling firm, Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CADRES) and commissioned by the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
According to a release from the firm, the poll was conducted during the last two weeks of February 2013 in thirteen of the eighteen constituencies held by DLP Parliamentary Representatives, excluding some of its “strongest zones” including the Vieille Case constituency.
Edison James, the prime minister’s lead opponent and political leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), has a thirty six percent rating.
The foremost issue on the minds of Dominicans is that of Employment.
“Dominicans are generally most impressed with the government’s performance in Education’ and least impressed with the government’s performance in the area of Employment’, the release states.
This is consistent with Skerrit’s recent statements at the DLP’s public meeting on Tuesday where he told party supporters that he understood their concerns regarding unemployment and also advised to get ready for the next general elections that may be called sooner than most people think.
He said, “From speaking with several of you, from across the length and breadth of Dominica, I know there is frustration in the party of many in finding suitable employment. Job creation is the number one priority of this government.”
“I urge you to return to your communities and begin your work for I want you to tell all and sundry tonight, Skerrit has hinted that [general elections] won’t be too long. So get yourselves ready! Get yourselves ready for another five years in government”, he continued.
Meanwhile, the issue of Skerrit’s alleged ownership interest in the famed ‘Savanne Paille villas’ is a non-issue for poll respondents.
“There is also a lack of appetite for a Third party now in these constituencies since a majority indicated a lack of interest. The matter of the DFP’s [Dominica Freedom Party] future was less clear since almost equal quantities of people opted for a “Re-Brand” of the DFP, expressed the desire to see it “Cease to Exist” or were “Unsure” about what should be done with the party.”
The release concludes, “Although the survey was not designed to test the national popularity of the DLP, or to project the notion of electoral swing, it is possible to conclude that the DLP would have been likely to win a national electoral contest…if one had been called in February 2013.”