Saint Lucia Labour Party Responds to CADRES Poll

The Saint Lucia Labour Party takes the results of Election Polls seriously. We note that in the CADRES poll released by Mr. Peter Wickham yesterday, the lead of the Saint Lucia Labour Party over the United Workers Party was confirmed. The Saint Lucia Labour Party recently conducted two of its own polls with two different reputable pollsters and both of these polls indicate that the Labour Party is firmly in sight of an election victory on 6th June, 2016.

In our analysis of the CADRES poll, we observed some interesting findings that require further explanation. For example, the CADRES poll sampled 1,000 persons, of which only 14% said they do not intend to vote. However, voter turnout in Saint Lucia is traditionally 55%, which means that roughly 45% of our voting population does not vote. This puts Mr. Wickham’s figures at variance with historical trends, because it suggests an 86% voter turnout. The best voter turnout in the last thirty years took place in the 1997 General Election, and even then, voter turnout did not hit the 70% mark.

If the CADRES sample is only of likely voters and not total voters, then the 14% figure should not exist. So there clearly is a major discrepancy in the CADRES poll results and Mr. Wickham needs to explain whether his figures are based on likely voters or all respondents.
Secondly, in Mr. Wickham’s analysis, after he has taken the SLP, UWP and Other/Independent Voters into account, he refers to the remaining group of 30% as ‘uncertain voters’. However, in this category is a 10% group which the survey categorized as ‘Won’t Say’. This ‘Won’t Say’ category is not uncertain; it is certain but will not reveal its voting choice. Therefore, to use the 30% figure as his predictive is faulty and the results from that predictive are not accurate.

From a statistical perspective, even if the ‘Won’t Vote’ category is accepted, even when it should not be part of the analysis, then it should be removed from any further predictive analysis (since these people will not be voting), as should the 10% who know where they will vote but have declined to reveal this to the pollster.

Therefore, the prediction of uncertain voters should be on an 8% sample and not 30% as Mr. Wickham claims.
Another curious part of Mr Wickham’s analysis is his conclusion on the change in support for the various political leaders. The CADRES poll states that presently, Dr. Kenny Anthony enjoys a 31% favourability rating, which is the same rating he enjoyed in October 2015. It goes on to reveal that Allen Chastanet currently trails Prime Minister Anthony, with a 28% favourability rating, compared to a 19% favourability rating nine months ago. Mr. Wickham’s shocking conclusion is that Dr. Anthony has lost more than half of his support, while Mr. Chastanet has doubled his support. However, this is not substantiated by the results. First of all, it indicates that Prime Minister Kenny Anthony’s support is unchanged from nine months ago, not diminished as suggested by Peter Wickham. Secondly, Mr. Wickham has not indicated whether the support that Allen Chastanet has appeared to have picked up in the current poll is support that nine months ago was going to Stephenson King.

‎Finally, Mr. Peter Wickham declined to discuss his predictive tool and how it is based, except to state that it is highly successful. This assertion, however, is not supported by Mr. Wickham’s recent track record.
These findings notwithstanding, The Saint Lucia Labour Party is very much aware of the fact that General Elections are won on Election Day and we will continue our unrelenting campaign to convince Saint Lucians that the Saint Lucia Labour Party is the only choice for continued growth, stability and progress in our country.


  1. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Didn’t expect them to agree with it. By the way, why did Kenny call elections within such a short time frame?

    1. Boujon Guiyave
      May 31, 2016 at 6:07 pm Reply

      Chastanet and his UWP claimed they were ready any time for it. Did SLP called their bluff? If so this is so hilarious its unbelievable!

  2. o_o
    May 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm Reply

    It is so obvious that it is rubbish.

    Wickham did a similar poll in another Caribbean island abut 2 years (stating the opposition would win and was proven false after General Elections.)

  3. Nonsense
    May 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm Reply

    CHANGE IS IN THE AIR!!!! The people will speak loud and clear…..KENNY MUST GO!!!! Need no poll to tells us what is happening on the ground.

    1. Reporter
      May 31, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Ur do right! Everyone wants change!

  4. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm Reply

    What did your polls say in 2006

  5. Mags
    May 31, 2016 at 3:52 pm Reply

    FREEDOM!!!!!! Set us free from the cronyism, nepotism and corruption of labour. Remove the tyranny of victimization and hatred that this red party of entitlement and hatred has brought upon this land.

  6. Mata
    May 31, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Doesnt this labour party have anything constructive to do.. They sound desperate, taking everything and everyone on. Enough already.. If slp worked well like they claim they did why are they so on edge??

    1. o_o
      May 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm Reply

      Elections are not won on Polls and Social Media 🙂
      But in the Ballot Boxes:)

  7. The Observer
    May 31, 2016 at 4:29 pm Reply

    Yo pe, Yo pe, Yo pe!

    UWP kye mosier!

  8. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Allen seat in Micoud South is gone to Gido….. As per Bradley on Sunday “I am of you and I am here all time”

    Same mantra for Allen in Micoud South…… Gibo is of the people and area….. Allen is in the bathroom from the day he heard about Gibo…..

    SLP start off with these 200% sure seats….. Dalson, Alava, Kenny, Musa, Hilaire, Philip, Edwards…… 90% seats are Gibo, Gideon, Victorini, Emma…..

    The Uwps can do all talking it takes (9) nine to form government…..

    Tell any Uwp to show you 9 seats to start with….. Does are not the days the started with 2 Micouds ….. That done…. Both Micouds are in play this election….

    1. Anonymous
      May 31, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply

      Cote’ zay ahh choo pool home you have booked a room at the mental hospital because many of you will end up there.

      1. Anonymous
        May 31, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply

        Put up your nine…. Them I will head to the mad house….

        We have 9 ……. That is government….

  9. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm Reply

    I agree i see 9 for SLP

  10. angry
    May 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Kenny is not going anywhere, we red and ready.Labour all the way

  11. whats going on
    May 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Is it true that there will be NO OBSERVERS (neither Regional nor international observers), for this election?? just heard that on the news… SERIOUSLY??? Is that a JOKE??? Somebody tell me that’s NOT TRUE. In this modern times, we going back to the STONE AGE???!!! That would be “KRAZY.”

  12. Anonymous
    June 1, 2016 at 12:50 am Reply

    You put Denney in there you have emma there also

  13. Anonymous
    June 3, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply

    The election is between the people’s pocket,the police and the slp
    Slp is out,the people know what they have in their pockets.

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