Interest low among jobless

Fijian Elections Office officials demonstrate a mock exercise to different political party officials at the Fijian Elections Office in Toorak, Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

There appears to be lower levels of interest amongst the unemployed to read political party manifestos, says the 2022 General Election Readiness Survey Report released by the Fijian Elections Office.

The FEO said 8154 voters were surveyed between August 1 to August 15 in all four divisions.

The FEO said 43 per cent of respondents indicated they would read political party manifestos while 40 per cent said they “may read them” and 17 per cent indicated they “would not”.

“Of the 3467 respondents who said they will be reading political party manifestos, 32 per cent of them indicated that they had not come across campaign material from political parties while 13 per cent were not sure,” the FEO report read.

“Of the 3211 respondents who said they may read manifestos, only 19 per cent had come across campaign material from political parties.

“As the level of education increases, the interest to read manifestos also increases. The level of dis-interest also reduces.

“There seem to be lower levels of interest in reading manifestos amongst unemployed respondents.”

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