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Poll: Many Like FijiFirst work

Poll: Many Like FijiFirst work
July 28
12:31 2018

The FijiFirst Government has received a big tick from Fijians for its performance in its first four-year term, the latest Fiji Sun-Razor poll reveals.

The poll asked respondents to rate the FijiFirst Government’s performance.

Sixty per cent rated it as GOOD.

Twenty-one per cent said it was AVERAGE while 19 per cent rated it as POOR.

The rating correlates with the response on the question: If the election was held tomorrow, which party would you like to see elected to govern Fiji?

Sixty seven per cent picked FijiFirst, 18 per cent chose SODELPA, six ticked the National Federation Party, three per cent chose Unity Fiji and the Fiji Labour Party or none of the parties. It is significant that SODELPA has dropped from 26 per cent to 18.

If you translate these to seats in Parliament based on the 2014 general election, FijiFirst would increase its seats from 32 to 36, SODELPA would decrease its seats from 15 to 12, NFP would retain their three seats. None of the other parties would win a seat

The fluctuation in SODELPA’s ratings mirrors its internal rift. The situation is fluid. Every time the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, makes a public statement about the political parties, it buffets SODELPA and the NFP. While they try to respond the poll shows that Mr Bainimarama has the upper hand. He has backed up his statements by his Government’s relentless work to deliver on its promises. There is tangible evidence for people to see.

SODELPA faces some serious challenges. It has been holding pocket meetings daily in various areas. The turnout has been dismal.

On Thursday night, a pocket meeting where SODELPA provisional candidates Tanya Waqanika and Adi Narayan were to speak- at Nasese Methodist Church Hall – was cancelled after the SODELPA team saw that not one member of the public had turned out.

Mr Bainimarama’s rating as the preferred PM went up from 60 per cent last to 62 this week. It is consistent with the trend in this poll. It indicates that if the election was held tomorrow, FijiFirst will romp back for another term with an even bigger majority.

That’s why NFP leader Biman Prasad told  the New Zealand media that the FijiFirst Government should stop using public resources to campaign and call the election now. It is understood that Mr Prasad and others in the Opposition realise that the longer the campaign drags, the bigger the gap FijiFirst will build against other parties.

The Fiji Sun-Razor poll conducted face-to -face interviews with 1000 people (500 in the Central, 300 in the West and 200 in the North).

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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