More than 87 per cent of 318 respondents to the most recent caycompass.com online poll only believe half or less of what the government says.
Only five respondents (1.6 per cent) said they believed everything the government said, while only 36 people (11.3 per cent) said they believed 75 per cent of what the government said.
‘I have never heard of any government that was totally truthful and transparent to its constituents,’ said one person.
‘There is always a lot of spin going on these days it seems,’ said another person.
Most people, however, said they believe much less of what the government says. Seventy people (22 per cent) said they only believe half of what the government says, while 140 respondents (44 per cent) said they only believe one quarter of what the government says.
Another 67 people (21.1 per cent) said they believe none of what the government says.
Most of the comments to the poll were cynical.
‘Actually, it depends on which Cabinet Minister is speaking,’ said one person who said he or she believed half of what the government said. ‘Some of them are full of beans 80 per cent of the time; others about 20 per cent of the time.’
‘Most politicians are accomplished liars and even the honest ones lie a lot,’ said another commenter.
‘The entire transparency act is quite superficial,’ said yet another person. ‘The areas of interest that we should really be exposed to are always conveniently not available.’
Two people complained about a lack of documentary evidence released by the government.
‘A disappointing bunch who prefer to talk in gross generalities based on their personal opinion rather than considered facts and irrefutable evidence,’ said one person.
‘As a scholar and social scientist, it is pertinent that Cayman relies more heavily on socio-scientific data that is valid, reliable and objective,’ said another respondent.
‘Until Cayman invests in cohort social scientific research that is valid and reliable, I am hesitant as to the claims made by Government.’
One person commented on the way the government flip-flops on issues.
‘I believe more when they first talk, but then they change what they say a few days later, or backtrack all the time.’