A large majority of likely voters said in last week’s cayCompass.com online poll that they would vote for the best candidates regardless of party or team affiliation if the elections were held now.
Of the 639 total respondents, 142 people or 22.2 per cent said they couldn’t vote in the Cayman Islands and 25 people – 3.9 per cent – said they could vote in the Cayman Islands but would not.
Of the remaining 472 likely voters, 343 of them – 72.7 per cent – said they would vote for the best candidates regardless of party or team affiliation if the election were held the day they responded to the poll.
“There are many good people running in this election,” said one person. “I hope common sense prevails and they are given a chance. Don’t vote for the same old dinosaurs – we can all see where that has got us.”
“I’m not voting for any of the current clueless batch of so-called representatives, that’s for sure,” someone else said.
“I’d vote for The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Mr. Bean, and Benny Hill for premier to try and get someone in charge with a little sense for a change,” said another person. “But they didn’t declare.”
Another 66 people – 14 per cent of likely voters – said they would vote for all independent candidates.
“The party system resulted in MLAs that supported the party and failed the people,” said one person.
“It is time to give our independent leaders a chance to lead these islands as the two parties have failed us miserably,” said someone else.
“Party politics is destroying Cayman,” said another person. “The country is just too small for this kind of unproductive division.”
“Right now I’m still researching all candidates (regardless of their district) as they could hold a ministerial post and know nothing, as seems to be our present predicament,” commented one person. “I am leaning towards independent candidates – definitely no UDP or Fab 5 candidates will get an X from me. I’ve seen where they’ve taken my islands with the high crime and blatant disrespect to our constituents.”
Only 63 people – 13.34 per cent of likely voters – said they would vote for all candidates of one particular party or team.
“To be effective, the independents will have to associate with or form their own party,” said one person. “Which way are they leaning would be my question if I voted for an independent. West Bay with its strong UDP leaning is usually in the position to run the country.”
“Because in my district, I consider them the best, not because I’m a party member,” said someone else.
Two of the eligible voters who said they would not vote explained why.
“I am not going to vote because they’re all alike, doing dirty deals to get money in their pocket to get rich and mess up the island,” said one person.
“As an expat, I do not feel that I am a full citizen, that my vote matters beyond the ballot box,” said someone else.
Several people who cannot vote also left comments.
“Though I cannot vote in Cayman, I hope eligible voters vote for candidates with regard to their positions on the issues and not based upon party affiliation or independent status,” said one person. “Get informed on the issues and support candidate(s) who you believe will do the best job.”
“I can’t vote but if I could, I would vote for the independent candidates,” said someone else. “Fresh blood and views is what politics in Cayman needs right now.”
“Unfortunately the best candidate(s) may not be in your district, so until we have national elections, we just have to settle for what we get,” said another respondent.
Next week’s poll question
What do you think is the biggest issue currently facing the Cayman Islands?
Other [write in comments]