PM still leads race but SODELPA overtakes three other
political parties in latest Fiji Sun Poll
March 8, 2014 | By NEMANI DELAIBATIKI
The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, has polled strongly again as Preferred Prime Minister for the second week running.
The second Fiji Sun weekly poll till February 28 has him still in the high 70s although he dropped three points.
The other significant result is that the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has overtaken the other registered political parties as the preferred political party. But its new leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, the Marama na Roko Tui Dreketi, scored less than one per cent as Preferred Prime Minister.
SODELPA’s rating jumped from one per cent to 14 per cent. The People’s Democratic Party also improved their rating from eight per cent to 13 per cent. But the Fiji Labour Party dropped from eight per cent to seven per cent and the National Federation Party also slipped by one per cent to two per cent.
Eleven per cent would not vote for these parties. The number of undecided voters unfamiliar with political parties has dropped from 70 per cent to 50 per cent.
SODELPA’s change in fortune is indicative of its increasing activities in recent weeks. It appears to be well organised on the ground with the formation of its youth and women’s wings. It has also intensified its cyber war to try and win young voters.
PDP’s strong polling defies reports of internal power struggle between the militant trade union bloc and the more conservative membership.
It’s early days yet and more polling is required before we can see a trend forming.
The parties will undoubtedly target the undecided voters or swing voters who will decide the outcome of the general election. The 50 per cent is high and these are people probably waiting for the launch of the PM’s party.
The weekly Fiji Sun Poll is conducted by Razor marketing teams. Six hundred eligible voters are being polled weekly, 300 in the Central Division, 200 in the Western Division and 100 in the Northern Division.
The polling team targets ordinary people passing through bus stations and market areas to get a range of opinions from both urban commuters and from people travelling into town from rural areas.