Veteran pollster misses in Saint Lucia

Jamaica Observer:- VETERAN pollster Don Anderson is now the subject of much discussion in St Lucia, where the results of Monday’s general elections — in which the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) trounced the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) — badly contradicted the findings of an opinion poll conducted by him and published days before the vote.

Anderson’s poll had predicted a comfortable win by the Kenny Anthony-led SLP, with a minimum of 11 of the 17 parliamentary seats — the same margin the party held before the vote. The poll, according to St Lucian media, was conducted across all 17 constituencies and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 per cent. The results were retested by way of ‘spot polling’ in select constituencies on May 28 and 29.

However, Monday’s preliminary results revealed the exact opposite, with Allen Chastanet’s UWP — which campaigned on promises of economic and tax reforms — winning with an 11-six majority.

Anderson’s poll was released by the SLP a day after one published by Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) predicted a close contest. The CADRES poll was roundly rejected by the SLP.


  1. Anonymous
    June 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    that was a greasy poll

  2. The Commentator
    June 9, 2016 at 2:17 am

    It must be a very bitter pill for Dr. Tennyson Joseph, a Che Labour, to swallow to see that his dear cousin, Bradley Felix, contributed to the demise of the SLP at the polls. Bradley, the banker, aligned himself with the winning team but Tennyson, the historian and political scientist, used an uncalibrated time machine which kept telling Tennyson that Labour will win.
    That distasteful SLP advertisement which accused Bradley of being responsible for Non-Performing Loans (NPL) at Bank of St. Lucia (BOSL) was the final nail in Lorne’s coffin. The SLP should know by now that one cannot run and win an Election on mwepi and mauvais lang alone.
    Tennyson is a bright boy but he should not allow his loyalty and love of Labour to cloud his great superior intellect and judgment. IN THE INTERIM TENNYSON SHOULD GET A NEW TIME MACHINE AS HIS UNCALIBRATED TIME MACHINE IS BROKEN BEYOND REPAIR. GO BACK TO THE FUTURE TENNYSON.