Poll Results: Which Party Can Handle Economy

May 27, 2014

According to a recent poll by Profiles of Bermuda, one-third of voters [33.6%] trusted the OBA to do a better job of handling the economy over the PLP [28.5%], while nearly 3 in 10 voters [29.9%] trusted neither party and nearly 1 in 10 [8%] were not sure.

The poll results show differences along racial lines, with most white voters [75.6%] trusting the OBA to do a better job of handling the economy, with only 2.2% stating the PLP. 44.9% of black voters trust the PLP do a better job, while 12.3% gave the OBA the nod.

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Differences by Age

By age, younger voters, those between the ages of 18 and 34, were more inclined to trust the PLP to handle the economy [37.4%], while those aged between 35 and 54, and those over 55 were more inclined to trust the OBA [34.7% and 37.1% respectively]. In addition, nearly one third [32.6%] of all voters between the ages of 35 and 54 were more likely to feel that neither of the parties were better at handling the economy.

Differences by Race

Three quarters of white voters [75.6%] trust the OBA to do a better job of handling the economy, with only 2.2% stating the PLP. Nearly half of black voters [44.9%] however trust the PLP do a better job with the economy, while 12.3% stated the OBA. And nearly half of all voters [47.9%] who classified themselves as neither black nor white did not trust either party to do a better job of handling the economy.

Differences by Income

The OBA was trusted more by households that earned in excess of than $100,000 [44.1%] while the PLP were trusted more by households earning less than $50,000 and households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 [37.9% and 31.6% respectively].

Of those households who felt that neither party could do a better job of handling the economy, there was little difference by income group: 30.3% for under $50,000; 31.6% for households earning between $50,000 and $100,000; and 28.2% for those earning in excess of $100,000.

Survey Notes

Profiles of Bermuda said, “There were no statistically significant differences by gender. Category totals do not add to 100% as those stating that they were unsure were omitted.

“The survey was conducted among 375 registered voters between 20 March 2014 and 18 May 2014 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5%. Some 69% of respondents were obtained by landlines, 24% by cell phones and 7% via the internet. Data for all demographics were weighted to reflect the 2010 Census.”

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  1. Always Watching says:

    I think the UBP will do a wonderful job with bringing the economy back.

    • sonso says:

      Well at least you are recognizing that the economy has been and still is in the garbage!

      • Steve Biko says:

        The subliminal question is do white people except being RULED by Black People !

        • LOL (Original TM*) says:

          That seems to be a question in your mind and people with racist agendas only. Everyone else is cool with it. It does beg the question in reverse however cause it seems to be a problem for you to be “ruled” your word by whites.

          LOL I think after reading and repling to you I need to meditate and clean my mind as your thought pattern is pollution to ones mind.

  2. Onion says:

    So the PLP are doing as badly as “None of the Above”. Where’s Richard Pryor when we need him.

    • Karma says:

      Richard Pryor is laughing about how you set Craig up. The man didn’t have a chance working with you people. Anymore surrogates want to be the leader/puppet for the UBP?

      • Onion says:

        Explain exactly what you mean by “you people”?

      • Heavens says:

        I don’t know Karma, why don’t you go ask Mayor Outerbridge how he feels being used by the PLP?

  3. Mike says:

    Racial lines again hmmmm nothing new here folks. On to the next story.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      One almost begs to ask if there is a connection with cognitive skills .

      The proof was handed to us on a platter and it’s almost unfathomable that there would be a single soul left on the island who honestly believes in their heart and mind that the PLP could handle any economy better than some other group .
      Regardless of who it is .

      • smh says:

        You wouldn’t DARE use your real name to make such a comment you racist *******!

        • WillSee says:

          why is the comment racist??!!

          • LOL (Original TM*) says:

            caues he’s a black PLP supporter..simple really. At the end of the day I bet my last dollar that he is what hes calling Toodle-oo. At the end of the day the poll just shows distrust in our people.

            LOL why forginers will alway control our island

            • Jones says:

              At the end of the day I bet my last dollar that you’re a white ubp/oba supporter or one of the dumb Ministers who believed Craig’s BS story for the last few months.

              • LOL (Original TM*) says:

                Your momma games how nice. I’m white I’ve voted both ways but keep in your mindset don’t want to shake your inner belief systems. I don’t care about the ex premier’s story as it did not cost us anything. So anything else you would like to put out there since you seem to want to discredit me due to me being WHITE says more about you doesn’t it.

                LOL one thing when did my country become full of bi7c2ing

        • ohmy! says:

          truly, what is racist in Toodle-oo’s comment?

    • Truth Teller says:

      As usual the glib “tea party” style comments which in a colour blind fashion reflect REAL racist sentiment.

      And like the usual southern tea party types in the US who claim that they are the NEW victims of racism; some of their Anglo and Anglo-Portuguese cousins in a thoroughly bogus way, seek to make the same claim here in Bermuda.

      Well the record reveals that racism does exist in Bermuda and has for some time It also reveals that it has not been black Bermudians who have been perpetuating it.

      Guess who has Mike?

      • LOL says:

        How does the record reveal racism, and why are black Bermudians exempt?

      • Rayki Emery says:

        Spot on. The stats from this article clearly show the rich and the whites tend to vote for the ubp.

        Why do they vote ubp?

        Because the ubp has the interest of the white, wealthy community and has since it was formed to combat the PLP.

        I’m not a racist, I love my white brothers and sisters, I think Donald Sterling is just and old white guy who isn’t up to the times.

        I’m just stating what the stats say.

        • Steve Biko says:

          You also forgot to mention that historically white people perpetrated the ideology that they are superior to black people , hence they would never be servitude to black people and black people have bought into the idea that they cant do business with each other.
          The truth is an offence but not a sin.

      • LOL (Original TM*) says:

        Way to many examples of the opposite of what you say. Your just another in denial liar……..


    • Hmmmmm, I have to stand in agreement with you because as I read this survey, it clearly looks as if the underclass if there is one, are those that earn less then $50,000.00 a year, and that my the under tones of those in the category of $100,000.00 a year being those that favor the O.BA more.

      I do recognized that there are many black households combined that make more then $100,000.00 a year per household, but the way the survey is written does have some very negative racial undertones. I tell you one thing the black drug dealer could care less he is way above the $100,000.00 a year mark and don’t care about your poll, because he knows his clientele base is made up of all colors and creeds, including the semi greys that are both white and black.

      • Rayki Emery says:

        What about the white drug dealers pushing 500,000 per year?

  4. San George says:

    Bermuda is in a depression. The banks i.e., Capital G would rather fail than lower mortgage rates and the cost of credit in general, which would go a long way in helping this economy.

    All the Bermuda banks now belong to foreign capital.

    The OBA and the PLP have been unable or unwilling to address this issue.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      you’re getting close to the pulp brah…BANKS run tings…NO oba or plp can change that.

  5. MisterMan311 says:

    If we’re talking only about the economy and who would be best to take care of it GOING FORWARD (i.e. it’s irrelevant who was good at it in the past!!!), I would think the party with the most successful business people would be best. Success in business must translate into some level of economic know-how, surely?

    If you did a compare-and-contrast with the first OBA cabinet members and the last PLP cabinet members, I think the answer would be quite clear…

    Now before you all jump down my throat, I will admit that isn’t the same as “who is the most socially-conscious party?” But that wasn’t the question posed by the poll.

    And also, I’m not saying there’s NO business acumen on the PLP side (Kim Wilson, Glen Blakeney and David Burt, for example, are all educated and capable business people in my opinion), just that there’s more on the OBA side by far.

    • Rayki Emery says:

      Stupidist s*** ever.

      So if the poll said “who would better secure Bermuda” would you have said PLP because of Lawerence Scott being the director of Airport security and col burch being the ex regiment head?

      We don’t need business people running bermuda to improve our economy. Grant Gibbons is one of if not the most educated man in Bermuda. His banks and insurance companies could easily help turn our economy around, but it will cost him money, so he says f&%$ that.

      We need people who simply care enough for the average bermudian to make the changes that we need.

      Economics isn’t rocket science, actually pretty far from it, they teach it to 13 year olds at saltus and warwick accedemy.

      • Hmmm says:

        Grant Gibbons has banks and insurance companies????

        Prove it !!!!!!

        It’s you talking the ……. ….

  6. Coffee says:

    I’ll go for the party which can best influence the world economy and has Bob Richards is its leader .

  7. Marge says:

    Bermudians, are so fed up with these two political parties…they should be so ashamed of themselves.
    I hate the thought of having to move out of Bda, but what is going on now leaves a lot to be desired….and else for these damn polls!!! why the hell do they say “black voters and white voter” Lord we are all Bermudians.

    • LOL (Original TM*) says:

      not to some people here there are Bermudians and bermudians in their eyes and always will be


  8. Truth is killin' me... says:

    You need polls to state the obvious…and the racial undertones…pullease!! Bermudians full stop!!!

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    Perhaps a more telling statistic would be the education level of who voted which way for preference in confidence between OBA & PLP.

    Race should have nothing to do with it. Understanding of how an economy works & the ability to manage it does.

    • Coffee says:

      I agree , it was clearly demonstrated in the make up of those who participated in the Landow fiasco . All educated , all OBA , and in fact split equally amongst the races . Kudos to you KD .

      • Anon says:

        You are consistently a nasty, hateful person. I feel sorry for your family, I really do.

        • Coffee says:

          To some , Coffee consumed in its natural state without being adulterated by sugar and cream can be a tad bitter . But to coffee drinkers like my family , I’m just as sweet and refreshing as nature intended .

          • Anon says:

            Great response! You made me smile. Well done

            • Anon says:

              What are you always so angry Coffee? Especially at anyone who critises the PLP? It’s not personal,it’s holding politicians and what they do accountable based on facts. Our current level of debt is a fact, our employment rate is a fact, our budget deficit is a fact, the PLP were in Gov for the last 14 out of 15 and half years is a fact.

              • Unbelievable says:

                TCF is a pretty angry individual. It’s a wonder that BELCO even allows him all the time in the day to blog like he does.

          • Barracuda says:

            Coffee is so much better with a lot of milk , after all, milk is also natural.

            • Coffee says:

              If the milk is from your mother then I agree (try it someday) but cows milk was never intended for human consumption .

              And sugar is a confirmed certified poison .

              @Anon … Not trying to be funny , I tell it as I see it . Some people will say that I’m blind . Who really cares !

              • Hmmm says:

                That is quite sick, if not perverted. How old is your mother?????

                • Coffee says:

                  Mothers milk at about eighteen months.

                  I stopped drinking cows milk (puss) at seven . Soy milk and almond milk only for me . Neither mixes well with coffee .

    • Believe says:

      The level of formal education achieved does not necessarily translate into understanding of how an economy works. There are a lot of book smart people who aren’t all that knowledgable. The assumption that one must have higher education to be intelligent/ have an intelligent grasp of things always astounds me. Many entrepreneurs do not hold higher degrees.

      What is more interesting and what should be taken into account by both parties is almost one third of the population has no faith in either of them ! They both need to do a lot better to restore faith in the political system.

    • Rayki Emery says:

      Spot on!

      • Rayki Emery says:

        Wrong comment, that was stupid what you just said.

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          Hey Ki…what i think he meant was …Do not mistake Educated for Intelligent…Educated, means that, you know all that they want you to know,and reward you with certificates(cardboard) …Intelligence, is when you know, what they don’t want you to know. um jus sayin brah.

  10. Huh says:

    Over-fermented green coffee beans, which are brownish and appear soiled, will result in roasted coffee that smells like rotting flesh…

    • Coffee says:

      And no different I’m sure then Dunkley’s sour milk . Huh..Huh

  11. Marge says:

    You posters are so childish…Bermuda is in a mess and you lot are talking a lot of ^&*

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      hey marge…now u see the mentality of ur countrymen..? the ones that know more about govts than the people who ran and got voted into govt by Bermudians…i’m jus at a loss for words.

  12. Navin Johnson says:

    Amazing that anyone regardless of race,creed or national origin would think that the PLP would be able to manage the economy……seriously? Where have they been for the last 15 years?

  13. Looking in says:

    We all know the PLP cannot handle the economy, unless it is for them.

  14. swing voter says:

    I donno what 28% of those polled were thinking…did they let their love and devotion to party influence their choice? Just because I affiliate with PHC don’t mean I automatically agree with the direction the club took over the last 20yrs….

  15. 32n64w says:

    If the margin of error is +/-5% and the overall difference between the OBA and the PLP is 5.1% how does Mr. Riley conclude the resulting difference wasn’t statistically significant when it does in fact exceed his stated margin? Or is it now ok for statisticians to massage their language to suit a preferred narrative?

    • Cordell W Riley says:

      Your comments indicate that you do not understand the concept of margin of error. Because the moe for the study is plus or minus 5%, it means that the actual population result for the OBA could be as high as 38.6% or as low as 28.6%. By the same token, the population result for the PLP could be as high as 33.5% or as low as 23.5%. Therefore, in order for the result to be statistically significant, there has to be a difference, in this case, of 10% between the two proportions. I trust that this helps your understanding.

      • 32n64w says:

        This is very helpful. So whenever the same sample size is used with similar a quantum between two proportions do you always the remark “although the result was not statistically significant” when issuing press releases?

        • Cordell W Riley says:

          You can answer that for yourself by reviewing past press releases.

      • Coffee says:

        Thanks for the lessons Mr Riley . Now if only it was understood by 32n64w ,one of the more astute OBA/UBP defender supporter.

      • anon says:


        If you want people to start taking your polls seriously you are going to have to start trying to at least pretend to be politically neutral. Your political bias is quite obvious when you are being interviewed that the results will always be questioned unfortunately, it might already be too late.

        • Steve Biko says:

          That’s why people cant take de Daily serious.

        • Cordell W Riley says:

          Anon,when being interviewed, I answer the questions put to me. My polls, by the way, are taken seriously (even by you), for two reasons. One, they are reported by the media, and secondly, point to a time whenever they’ve been wrong.

          • Coffee says:

            @Mr.Cordell Riley

            And though you may have far greater scholastic and intellectual abilities , the need for them to constantly question your professional work is a clear indication of their inbreeded superiority complex .

            • LOL (Original TM*) says:

              inbreed? wow your on fire today guess you dont “buy Bermuda” do you lollolol


          • Girl on Fire says:

            Um, how can a poll be wrong? It’s only reporting opinions, not facts, so how exactly could anyone prove that they are wrong? Opinions are always subject to change.

            Also, slightly off-topic: Mr. Riley, I think it would be useful to ask a few more questions on some of the statistics reported about labour. For example, the question is always asked about a person’s highest level of education, which is then correlated with salary. However, the field of study is much more relevant in this context – for example, a person can have a doctorate in social work, but will usually have less compensation than a person with a bachelors in computer science. Why don’t we ask that question? And also ask whether they work in that field (as some people change – for example, I could be a retired professional investment manager working for a non profit. Clearly my area of study has no bearing on my current job).

  16. Triangle Drifter says:

    “Bermuda cannot afford a PLP Government.”

    A quote from a former Premier the late Sir John Sharpe, in the later 1970s.

    Over 30 years later Bermudians have not learned a thing from this verry astute man.

  17. Truth is killin' me... says:

    You can make statistics tell you whatever you want as a result. It’s all in the questions!

  18. Navin Johnson says:

    this will be a far bigger story than Jetgate

    • anon says:

      At the end of the day, when it’s time for people to vote, the only thing that will ultimately matter is “who will my money and the future of my investments, if any, be safest with?” Jetgate, swizzlegate, paradisegamblinggate none of those will really matter.

  19. Alvin Williams says:

    Here is another quote from the late Sir John Sharp’ The jobs held by non-Bermudians are a reserve for Bermudians, He made that statement when pressed by the than PLP political opposition. Now why did he take view? for political reasons or did he really have an affinity for his fellow Bermudians. At any rate Sir John Sharp was reputed to have had liberal views and perhaps that is why he was over night removed as premier under the old UBP. I must say the new UBP/oba took almost a week to remove their former premier. It truly was death by a thousand cuts.

  20. Mumbojumbo says:

    You know?!?….I just compiled the results of my own inverted survey….and I’ll be honest with you…my results are not based on colour,race or political affiliation….they are per person.My reasons interestingly enough are based on the collaboration of people…when in office.It is interesting to notate….that there is a little known “law”,that prohibits prosecution of polititcians,while in office,……..THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE! …..no one should be above law!……this is a license to steal!…..I demand this legislation be changed to a retro active complience of what the adverage citizen observes!

  21. Mumbojumbo says:

    These grandoice grandstanding bull *******s are as culpable and pertinant to the laws of this land as you or I…..and must be as responsable as you or I……at present they attain a position and are given a license to run amuck….this has to change…there is only one alternate…

  22. Mumbojumbo says:

    They just ignor this thing….every time it is brought into question….unaceptable!Absolutely and unaquivicably unaceeptable!

  23. Ginger Beer says:

    Which party can handle the economy. ARE YOU JOKING, if the PLP / BIU were put back in power for just 10 seconds, we would be broke. We would have to sell sea shells by the sea shore because everything else would disappear.

  24. John Thorne says:

    I didn’t trust the UBP so I gave the PLP the benefit of the doubt which turned out to be a big mistake after Ewart Brown got involved. And now surprise surprise I don’t trust the OBA either. So what do we as voters do now? We must get rid of party poltics if we are going to have any chance of saving this country! Unfortunately it may already be too late?

    • Sand says:

      Well really the poll shows that we are divided along racial lines. I has nothing to do with anybody’s understanding of economics. Neither party is apparently trustworthy or apparently competent at the moment. Many people feel they have a choice between a party that hates them and a party that does not care about them, and they will take the latter every time.

      We can argue about why we are so racially divided, and whose fault it is for the rest of time. No good will come of it and it will be increasingly difficult to select a worthwhile government made of people who care about us.

      That’s where we’re headed right now. We can’t get over this dumb argument so we cannot find the competent, worthy people in our community and elect them.

      We will never have a decent government until we stop being stupid.

      • LOL (Original TM*) says:

        Your the guy on this thread 100% agree but I add that thats is the aim of a political party to project.


  25. Chris Famous says:

    It will take whomever is in charge to realize we have to seriously diversify this economy in order to see any turn around in ratings and the like

    Moodys and Finch have both said the same thing. IB has reached its zenith and will not be operating the way it did previously.

    As for more educated folks = better economy.

    All the cats who crashed wall street were Ivy League educated.


    when ever I post I use my own name.

    I do not hide from anyone.