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34% unsure

Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 03, 2018

MAJORITY of the voting public have not made up their mind on who to vote for in the upcoming general election.

The February Tebbutt-Times poll revealed a great deal of uncertainty in the public's voting intention — a staggering 34 per cent saying they were not sure who to vote for.

The poll conducted between February 5-8 asked 1000 eligible voters; If there was an election held in Fiji tomorrow, who would you give your vote to?

Free to give their response, 34 per cent of the respondents polled said they were unsure and 8 per cent declined to answer the question and half a per cent said they did not intend to vote.

Thirty-two per cent said they would vote for FijiFirst, 22 per cent for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), 3 per cent for National Federation Party (NFP) and 1 per cent for Fiji Labour Party (FLP). When looking only at the percentages for those who selected a party (removing the undecided voters), 56 per cent selected FijiFirst, 38 per cent SODELPA, 5 per cent NFP, 1 per cent FLP, 0.2 per cent Unity Fiji Party, and 0.1 per cent independent.

The poll also revealed some statistically significant differences by age, location and ethnicity.

In the Central Division, votes were split almost equally between FijiFirst (46 per cent) and SODELPA (43 per cent), while in the Western Division, FijiFirst polled 65 per cent compared with 31 per cent for SODELPA.

The NFP also had a greater proportion in the Central Division (10 per cent) than in the West (2 per cent), and draws more support in urban locations (7 per cent) than rural (2 per cent).

The poll revealed that younger voters (in the 18-29 age group) were equally likely to vote for FijiFirst and SODELPA (46 per cent each, with 6 per cent naming NFP).

Those 30 years and older were more likely to choose FijiFirst (62 per cent). The poll also noted that Fijians of Indian descent overwhelmingly supported FijiFirst (92 per cent), while iTaukei supported SODELPA (56 per cent).

In the May 2017 poll, the undecided voter number stood at 35 per cent.


Sample: 1000 adults eligible to vote

Coverage: National

Method: Computer assisted telephone interviewing

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