A caycompass.com poll asking respondents who they would vote for if the general election were held this month elicited more than 2,100 duplicate votes for either the People’s Progressive Movement or the United Democratic Party.
Multiple votes coming from a single internet IP address during a single day are erased.
However, Cayman Free Press IT staffer Nigel Hollyman suspects IP changing machinery was used to allow multiple votes in this poll.
‘Normally, the votes tend to stay in the same relationship to each other,’ he said. ‘We don’t normally get a big swing contrary to that relationship, especially over the weekend.’
Mr. Hollyman said there was such a swing this past weekend.
As a result, Cayman Free Press has decided to incorporate the answers for the PPM and the UDP into one answer.
Of the 1,467 responses to the two-week poll, 1,136 were for either the PPM or the UDP.
‘The UDP has their four years with nothing to show for it but wasted money and corruption,’ said one person who voted for the PPM. ‘The PPM has done more in two years than any Government in recent times.’
‘Their election focus is wonderful,’ said another PPM supporter. ‘It is about time someone addresses our educational system and premises seriously. And the roads are a blessing!’
Another respondent summed up the PPM in four words: ‘Honest, intelligent, vision, reliable.’
Other respondents liked the UDP.
‘One thing is for sure, the UDP had the willingness to put things forward and get on with the business of the country and its people,’ said one UDP supporter. ‘Not like the PPM, who are at a total lost when it comes to moving forward. They seem to have an agenda that gets rid of anybody who might just be opposed to their operations, especially the civil servants.’
‘McKeeva needs to be the leader again before this country is driven into economic ruin and becomes the laughingstock of the international financial community,’ said another UDP supporter.
‘The PPM is not a good government,’ said another person who voted for the UDP. ‘They made the cost of living go up without doing anything about it.’
A large contingent of respondents – 193 people – said they would vote for the best candidate, regardless of their party affiliation. Interestingly, before the first several days the poll was active, this response led all responses.
‘We need to stop playing politricks with the people,’ said one person who voted in this category. ‘Cayman cannot afford three new high schools right now. Let’s look at paying and treating our teachers well so that our children can be taught properly.’
Another person didn’t like party politics.
‘Party politics doesn’t seem to be working. There is too much animosity toward non-party members, too many “yes men” (and women) inside the party. Better a consensus government that would work for the true betterment of the country.’
Someone else noted that the opposition always seems to have an advantage.
‘Most will always vote for the opposition because ‘times have never been so bad in Cayman with this Government’. Of course they forget that’s what everyone was saying four years ago and four years before that. Doubtless they’ll be saying it in four years time, too.’
Some people want to see a new third party formed.
‘Neither the UDP or the PPM have the general population at heart,’ said one person. ‘They seem to forget that they are there to represent us!’
‘We need a green party,’ said someone else. ‘We are so polluted.’
‘We need people who really care about us,’ said another respondent. ‘These folks act like children. Nothing new is getting accomplished.’
‘Out with the old and in with the new,’ said someone else.
Forty-six people said they didn’t know who they would vote for.
‘I really don’t know who to vote for,’ said one person. ‘If you vote for PPM, this Government of nepotism will continue and services such as the HSA will continue to abuse their staff and give reasons as financial constraints as justification. As for UDP, I’m not sure about them either. I get this odd feeling about them also. It doesn’t matter who is voted in, but especially not PPM again, God knows, not them again.’
The poll, which was an unscientific sampling of responses, was not restricted to registered voters.
‘I’m not allowed to vote as one of the 20,000 plus disenfranchised people living here,’ noted one respondent.