More than two-thirds of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll gave the United Democratic Party a poor or failing grade for the first two years of its four-year elected term.
The largest segment of respondents – 210 people or 44.6 per cent – gave the UDP a failing grade.
“Too much MLA spending and no apparent cutbacks by leaders,” said one person. “Just continuous spending on travel, when technology would allow for communications from Cayman.”
“The UDP government has made life harder for residents in the last two years,” said someone else. “The UDP has been a complete failure, the worst government we have ever had.”
“The UDP said if you voted for them, they would put you on your feet,” another person said. “This is about all they have accomplished so far, at least literally.”
Another 105 people – 22.3 per cent – gave the UDP a poor grade for its first two years.
“No control over finances,” said one person.
“We still allow departments to slide on financial reports,” said someone else. “Crime called serious is down, so says the police, yet it is still serious to the victims who are not comforted by statistics.”
Seventy-two respondents – 15.3 per cent – gave the UDP a fair grade. “Under some very difficult circumstances, I believe the UDP has performed fair,” said one person. “Considering where they started and what was accomplished thus far, not bad.
The only thing is the meandering on port plans etc., and sometimes behaviour, lowers the grade.”
“I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they get some of their projects started this year,” said someone else. “If not, change my grade to failing. If so, improve it to good.”
Forty-four people – 9.3 per cent – gave the UDP a good grade.
“Sure beats the last bunch,” said one person.
Twenty-four people – 5.1 per cent – graded the UDP’s first two years as excellent.
“It is necessary to evaluate our elected officials, as part of our responsibility to be good active citizens in a democracy,” said one person. “However, what would perhaps be equally, if not more beneficial, would be for us to individually evaluate ourselves and our contribution to society.
Many hands make work light, and there is much work to do in our islands and indeed the world. I pray that we encourage a spirit of camaraderie and work from the ground up, rather than bringing those in high places of office down to the ground.
Let’s be the change we want to see, if not for ourselves, for our innocent children who deserve to inherit islands that are not only free from war with other countries, but are home to people who are at peace with one another.”
Sixteen people – 3.4 per cent – responded “I don’t know” to the question.
Next week’s poll question
How safe do you feel in the Cayman Islands compared to other Caribbean islands?
A little safer
A little less safe
A lot less safe
I don’t know
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