Approval Ratings: Michael Dunkley & Marc Bean

July 10, 2015

Premier Michael Dunkley had a favourability rating of 50.9% while Opposition Leader Marc Bean’s approval  rating is 48.9%; and both Mr Bean and Mr Dunkley had a job approval rating of 46.9%, according to a recent poll released by Profiles of Bermuda.

Favourability Ratings

In releasing the poll the company said, “Premier Michael Dunkley had a favourability rating of 50.9%, just edging out Opposition Leader Marc Bean’s rating of 48.9%.

“While Mr. Bean’s rating was not significantly different from Mr. Dunkley’s, it was down from the 56.3% recorded in 2014, which was also the highest rating recorded since 2012.

Three-quarters of White and Other voters [75%] were more likely to favour Premier Dunkley, as well as 60.1% of older voters, those 55 and over, and 53.5% of males.

“Opposition Leader Bean drew his support from Black voters [64.1%], those in households that earned less than $50,000 per year [56.8%], and voters between the ages of 35 and 54 [49.7%].

Screenshot of the poll results from Profiles of Bermuda

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Job Approval Ratings

Profiles of Bermuda said, “Voters adjudged leaders’ job approval ratings to be equal. Both Opposition Leader Marc Bean and Premier Michael Dunkley had a job approval rating of 46.9%.

“Similar to his approval rating, Mr. Bean’s job approval rating was down from 2014 [54.1%], again, the highest rating since 2012.

“Those tending to approve of Premier Dunkley’s handling of his job were Whites and Others [77.7%], those in households earning $100,000 or more [57.8%], males [51.3%] and those 55 and over [51.3%].

“Those approving of Opposition Bean’s handling of his job were Blacks [60.9%] and households earning less than $50,000 [54.1%].”

Screenshot of the poll results from Profiles of Bermuda

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Poll Notes

In explaining the poll, the company said, “Category totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The 2015 survey was conducted among 407 registered voters between 15 Apr 15 and 10 May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8%.

“Some 75% of respondents were obtained by landlines, 11% by cell phones and 14% via the internet. Data for all demographics were weighted to reflect the 2010 Census.”

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  1. navin johnson says:


    • Bettty says:

      Results indicate that there is no significant differences between ratings. However that Bermuda is still Polarized in voting along Racial lines. That the number one rated pitbull Politican Bean still stand up against all the political darts thrown at him.

      This is a good poll using the correct sample size to gain information.

      • Onion juice says:

        Polarized yes, but white people are committed to vote for U.B.P, while SOME black people swing vote or get duped into not voting at all.

      • Really Really BETTTY says:

        Like it or not the Researcher has used the correct scientific polling methodology for conducting Political Polls. Just because the results do not read as you like it does not change the findings. You can made all kinds of statements to the Cows come home or jump over the moon……
        The result will not change. ….

  2. This poll graphically illustrates why not much credence should be given to them. Can’t be serious.

  3. C says:

    And how many did they poll out of 60,000.00 people Polls are full of crap..

    • Really really Bettty says:

      Your comment clearly indicates you do not understand how Polls are conducted and what is considered a good enough sample size. I guess you do some further reading,

    • inna says:

      The same 450 people who respond to every other poll put out by Profiles of BDA!

      • hmmm says:

        same 407 all in the same poll. (sames dates)

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Actually not unusual for polling purposes, thou a sampling of around 1000 would be better. The flags that go off for me is the timings of these poll releases, especially since they were all conducted at the same time back end of April/beginning May. I would have expected that all questions results should have been released by now, and I am left to wonder how many are left to be released, and when they will be?

      • Really Really BETTTY says:

        Please list a political poll whose sample size is 1000 or more……I believe that would be difficult to find. Especially if the Researcher followed the correct methodology of conducting Political Polls…..really

      • Not exactly says:

        Cordell is trying to milk one week’s with 6 month’s of press and political point scoring.

    • TravelingTreeFrog says:

      Actually sampling about 400 with a population of 65000, and a confidence level of 95% is completely accurate. There is nothing wrong standards used . The public just needs a lesson in understanding statistics. This data likely has a 5% margin of error… which means each percentage quoted in the article could be +/- 5%

  4. Cow Polly says:

    Think you’ll find the reason Marc’s ratings are so high is because with him at the helm, the PLP will never get back into power, so of course OBA voters are going to give their approval

    • Onion juice says:

      My family never voted U.B.P and never will, it will be an insult to the struggle they endured.
      But there are a few sellouts though.

      • Billy Mays says:

        Yeah, the fact that the UBP no longer exists does pretty much guarantee that you’ll never vote for them.

        • Onion juice says:

          Yup, and that’s the lame line some Black people fell for and now they are feeling like an @$$.

      • Regina says:

        Good for you – continue to struggle. That will show them!!

      • jtv says:


      • And my family voted PLP in 2007 and never will again as it will be an insult to the struggle we have endured!

      • Tolerate says:

        lol, let me get this straight, so you was taught by generations before you and are now teaching generations after you the same crap? Don’t research and make a decision who is the best choice to run the country; just vote for one party NO MATTER what?
        I hope at some point your blood line smartens up.
        In my close to six plus elections voting, I have made a judgement pending the Party I thought was best for Bermuda. I can honestly say I’ve voted for both Parties that exist today based on what they at the time represented for Bermuda.You call us wall sitters, swing voters or what ever you like. It must really irritate you party faithful that there are actually people in Bermuda who will vote in who they think deserves to be government, and vote out who they think is doing a sheet job.
        Sorry you can’t convince me to become a SHEEP, following what a Party tells me to do, knowing they are doing a piss poor job. I don’t reward incompetent Parties that harm Bermuda.You want my vote; show me why you are the best choice and not the only OTHER choice. Show me substance and don’t expect to win by default.
        Statements made that you would NEVER vote for one Party or the other pisses me off and only allows Parties to take votes for grant while doing a poor job.

  5. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    So again, a poll that was conducted 2 months ago is only now being released. And it being done as Mr. Bean faces potential ousting from within his party. More and more of these polls being released from Profiles. Just how many and what questions were asked in this April/May poll. After 2 months, a complete report should have been issued by now.

  6. watching says:

    So happy to see that the public is finally realizing that photo ops do not a make a premier. Nor does being out in the spotlight for the good things and hiding from the bad. The people are waking up thank goodness.
    And this was all done BEFORE the Maclean affidavit allegations.
    I can only imagine the next poll results.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Who stuck his face in front of a camera or microphone more than Brown?

      Short selective memory?

  7. Awake says:

    IF Marc Bean was to EVER become the leader of this island, we’d be FINISHED for sure. Polls are such a joke, anyway.

    • impressive. says:

      especially when the results are in contrast to information you would like to see fed to the people,, huh?

  8. Zevon says:

    A lot has happened to Bean since May.
    I think he’s fabulous in that position. Completely unelectable. I hope they keep him.

  9. DanM1986 says:

    Beans ratings were about 48.9% higher than they should’ve been.

  10. Long Bay Trading Co. says:

    this poll is totally self evident of why polls are flawed and should not be trusted!
    What a joke!

  11. Trulytruly says:

    This has only been released now to counter the one that I just participated in over the phone a couple of weeks ago. I guess the results won’t be so close.

  12. Triangle Drifter says:

    If these polls have any validity they demonstrate the ignorance of the Bermuda electorate on what a politician & his performance should be judged on.

    We have a long way to go to reach any semblance of political maturity.

  13. had enough says:

    When the Bermuda Economy was booming, the gov’t allowed the foreign workers to be come-in. Now, Bermuda’s ecoomy in in a slump = we MUST ask these same people to leave – to allow Bermudians to be employed. Employers should not dictate what Bermuda’s social structure should be (ie employ foreign labour and ignore the bermudian labour)

    They say that bermudians have had if good for so long because most Bermudians had jobs – now there are no jobs available since they have been giving to the expat who have been told that : they can stay as long as they want (No term Limits) and can achieve status. Are we to sit on the wall while persons from abroad are gamefully employed.
    This is a recipe for chaos – The gov’t must protect its own citizens first – and not allow the freedom that employers are now enjoying and more importantly – creating a pending social unrest
    It is not right that young and old Bermudians sit on the sidelines unemployed while foreign labour strives.
    This scenario makes no sense.

    To the people who are unaffected – please open your eyes. The unemployment for our own youth is at 30- 40% – this is not sustainable.

    I see trouble ahaead.

  14. Awesome! says:


  15. Terry says:

    Only thing they are good for is electiontricity and cable and wires.

    There is no way in hell that Marc Bean has a rating equal to Michael Dunkley.

    Wasting my time here trying to address this to people with no names.

  16. Proud to be Bermudian says:

    To vote for whatever party you see is fit is not selling out to the party that fought for human rights and equality.

    Do you really think that the PLP can run this country. They got rid of their best accountant. So who will be finance minister?

    They got a head leader who says whatever he sees fit. And then the rest of the heard of sheep can’t even speak on what is right or wrong without feeling backlash from the party. Come on now. It would be quite interesting to see PLP to get in.

    It will be a few companies that would jump ship quickly.

    And if you can’t see the benefits of what the Americas cup is brining you are a blind fool.

  17. Vote for Me says:

    Whilst I am surprised that all of the poll results were not released at the same time, it is noteworthy that the poll results are getting a full airing based on how they are being released.

    For those that continue to question the sample size of approximately 400, you are demonstrating willful ignorance since most Bermuda polls use the same sample size.

    Congratulations to Mr. Riley for keeping Bermuda informed.

  18. Christopher Notorius says:

    Proof positive that this poll is complete and utter rubbish.