Although almost 10 per cent more respondents said they would vote for People’s Progressive Movement candidates over United Democratic Party candidates if Cayman’s elections were held now, more people said they would cast their votes for someone else rather than candidates from either of Cayman’s two existing political parties.
Of the 786 total respondents, 181 of them – 23 per cent – said they can’t vote in Cayman. Of the remaining 605 respondents, 192 of them – or 31.7 per cent of those who could presumedly vote in Cayman elections – said they would vote for the PPM candidates.
“I would say independent candidates, but they all end up back-benching in the parties anyway,” said one person.
“Anyone would be better than the government we have now,” said someone else.
Another significant segment of people – 115 people or 25.62 per cent of those who could vote – said they would vote for independent candidates.
“We need individuals who are loyal to the people, not their gang code and colours, i.e. their party,” said one person.
“I would either vote for independents or a new third party,” said someone else.
“Party politics are ruining my Island,” said another respondent.
“I would most likely vote for independents, as they seem to have the most comprehensive set of impartial and unbiased views, outlooks and aspirations for all the people of the Cayman Islands, not just their party’s values and their cohorts’ that help them get to power,” someone else said.
“I have lost respect and confidence in every single member of both parties,” commented another person.
Only 115 people – 19 per cent of those who could vote – said they would vote for the UDP candidates. However, none of them left a comment.
Seventy-five people – 12.4 per cent of those who said they could vote – said they wouldn’t vote even though they could.
“For the first time in 20 years I struggle with whether to vote or not,” said one person. “I’m fed up with the entire ineffective and useless lot of them all.”
“I’ve come to realise every politician is the same,” said another person. “They’re in it for the money and not the country.”
“I have no intention of ever voting again,” said someone else.
“We need new minds and visions,” commented another respondent. “Stop recycling politicians.”
Sixty-eight people – 11.23 per cent of those who said they could vote – said they would vote for a new third party’s candidates.
“It would be a question of picking those who would do the least damage,” said one person. “There are no standout politicians putting themselves forward.”
“If there is no third party, I would vote PPM,” said someone else.
“I would hope for a new third party as the two here now are not worth voting for,” said another person. “All they do is bicker back and forth, and I can’t call the present leader a leader at all the way he portrays himself in the public eye. Cayman is in a sad state of affairs.”
Many of the 181 people who said they couldn’t vote left comments as well.
“I can’t vote, which is ridiculous,” said one person. “As a working, contributing citizen, my input and vote should matter. Ten per cent of the population of voting age controlling the government for 50,000 people is absurd.”
“I can’t vote, but if I could, I certainly wouldn’t vote for those PPM or UDP clowns,” said someone else.
“Everyone who is legally resident over 18 should be allowed to vote in Cayman,” said another person. “We all live here.”
Next week’s poll question
When, if ever, do you think the Cayman Islands will become independent?
In more than 50 years
25 to 50 years
10 to 25 years
5 to 10 years
Less than five years
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