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FijiFirst preferred in peri-urban and urban areas

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, August 09, 2014

MOST people polled in the latest Tebbutt-Times survey would vote for the FijiFirst party and choose Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister should there be an election tomorrow.

The latest poll, which was conducted earlier this week, showed that a majority of respondents — 56 per cent — would vote for the FijiFirst party in an election at this moment in time, while 17 per cent indicated they would vote for SODELPA.

SODELPA's rating has doubled compared with May and June polling figures, when only 8 per cent of those in the sample said they intended to vote for SODELPA.

Voting intention for the Fiji Labour Party and National Federation Party stood at 2 per cent each, while the People's Democratic Party garnered 1 per cent.

For FLP, this is a slide downwards by 1 per cent and NFP has climbed by the same margin. Registrations of the two newest parties — OneFiji and the Fiji United Freedom Party — were announced just before the start of polling. Both registered less than half a per cent.

More than one in 10 registered voters say they don't know who to vote for.

The poll shows a decline in undecided voters, with 11 per cent now saying they don't know which party or independent candidate they would vote for, compared with 19 per cent and 20 per cent in previous months.

Seven per cent elected not to state their choice.

This was a little higher in the Western Division and among those aged 45 years and over.

FijiFirst leads voting intention across all demographic segments and holds the majority across both genders and all age groups.

FijiFirst remains the first choice across all ethnicities, though support from those identifying as iTaukei has declined a little when compared with the last Tebbutt-Times poll.

SODELPA's rating improved in this survey and showed a voting intention profile with iTaukei at 31 per cent, other ethnicities at 15 per cent and just 1 per cent from the Fijians of Indian descent.

Voting intention for SODELPA is at similar levels for both males and females and shows a slight skew to younger voters aged 18-24 at 19 per cent, 25-34 years at 20 per cent, 35-44 years at 14 per cent and over 45 years at 15 per cent.

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