Barbados Polster Peter Wickham Got It Wrong
We have been saying for almost a year now (wow!) that government corruption and waste are major issues in day-to-day conversations on Barbados.
The government and Mr. Wickham’s poll just don’t get it yet… but they will!
As the previous St. Lucia government discovered to it’s horror – them chickens all gotta come home someday…
From Stabroek News…
Polls Got It Wrong In St. Lucia
The defeat of the St. Lucia Labour Party in elections on Monday did not come as a major shock to me although I expected the incumbent to pull off a narrow victory – not the 14-3 win that the polls predicted.
The governing party should have known that it had lost ground among voters because that is what I found when I was last on the island a year ago. If pollsters told them otherwise, then the party was misled – not that it could have done anything to save itself from defeat because voters wanted change.
I did not conduct a survey for last Monday’s elections but when I was in St. Lucia last year, voters told me they wanted change and were complaining about rising crime and corruption and a decline in revenues from the banana industry which was falling apart. I was surprised when I read that the polls forecast landslide victories because that was not the reality on the ground when I moved around the island and queried voters. Something went wrong with the normally reliable opinion polls of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) of Peter Wickham and of Jamaican pollster Bill Johnson (from Carl Stone’s Poll).
… continue reading this article at the Stabroek News (link here)