NFP Back at No.2
Four parties battle
it out to break away from pack
The National Federation Party has bounced back to the top of the sea-sawing battle among the four registered political parties, the latest Fiji Sun poll reveals.
In the 13th weekly poll, NFP leader, Biman Prasad, has also retaken the lead from SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, to be runner-up to Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainiarama. His party is also at No 2 to the PM’s proposed FijiFirst party.
In the Preferred Party stakes, the NFP has jumped from five per cent the previous week to six per cent. Mr Prasad goes up from three per cent the previous week to five in the Preferred Prime Minister poll.
Mr Bainimarama continues his comfortable lead in the Preferred Prime Minister poll at 77 per cent and his proposed FijiFirst party is way ahead in the Preferred Party ranking at 62 per cent.
The small changes in the four-party tussle reflect the intense battle that is raging to try and break free from the pack.
SODELPA and the People’s Democratic Party come in at number two to the NFP at four per cent while the Fiji Labour Party is at the bottom at one per cent.
To show some real genuine challenge to the PM and his proposed party, the four registered parties must consistently be polling in the double digits and improving every week.
At the moment, their erratic movements in the rankings indicate they are struggling to consistently find traction weekly. This is expected to carry on until they have firmed up their manifestos.
The NFP, PDP and to some extent FLP, have revealed some of the core elements of their manifestos. The poll results over the past weeks show that they are insufficient to woo voters.
The static and crowded positions of the parties and their leaders in the rankings under 10 should worry them as we approach June, more than three months away from the election.
The figures will change when they go full swing on the hustings. Whatever they are doing now pales into insignificance in comparison with the relentless work that the PM is doing.