Bainimarama preferred PM

At least 68 per cent of those polled said if an election was held in Fiji tomorrow, they would choose Mr Bainimarama as their PMPicture: Supplied/ UNFCCC

FIJIANS rate FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama as the preferred prime minister in the latest Tebbutt-Times Poll that was conducted from October 22-24.

At least 68 per cent of those polled said if an election was held in Fiji tomorrow, they would choose Mr Bainimarama as their PM.

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka received 24 per cent of the votes.

Mr Bainimarama was the popular choice for the two major ethnic groups in the country.

However, he was a more popular choice among Fijians of Indian descent, accounting for 93 per cent.

Among the iTaukei community, Mr Bainimarama polled 53 per cent votes compared with Mr Rabuka at 39 per cent.

According to the poll, support for National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad as the preferred prime minister increased to 5 per cent from 2 per cent in a previous poll conducted in May.

Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube and HOPE party leader Tupou Draunidalo polled 1 per cent each, while Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh polled less than 0.5 per cent.

The poll stated that Prof Prasad raked in 5 per cent, while Mr Narube had a 2 per cent backing from the iTaukei community.

The survey further highlighted that Mr Bainimarama was also the top choice in all divisions.

Majority of his support lies in the Western Division (75 per cent) followed by the Northern Division (68 per cent) then the Central Division (61 per cent).

The poll also revealed that Mr Rabuka had a lot of his support in the Central Division (29 per cent), followed by the North (28 per cent) then the Western Division (18 per cent). Prof Prasad’s majority supporters are from the Central Division (7 per cent), followed by the Western Division (5 per cent) then the Northern Division (2 per cent).