Survey Shows Briceno Administration Making Strides in Fighting Corruption
The Briceno Administration has been making meaningful steps to reduce government corruption, according to the “2023 Belize Poll”. The survey used data collected from just over a thousand registered voters and compared the performance of both the Barrow and Briceno Administrations. A key finding was that Belizeans felt more confident in the current government and felt corruption was at an all-time low. Olson explained how persons described the parties, which for some are seen as family dynasties, and how they felt about supporting them.
Trygne Olson, President, Viking Strategies: “Single word for the UDP gets a little interesting in this because you know, this is the other thing to your question that, that was being asked about family names. It is interesting, you know, like UDP, there were an awful lot of people who said Barrow was the first word that comes to mind with UDP. But again, corruption, you know, it’s, it’s about what you expect. How likely are people to support the UDP? 6% said they’ll definitely vote for it. 16% said could. 36% said they might. So, you know, they have like 41% that say they’re not gonna vote for ’em. That’s really not surprising if you look at previous elections here, right. Just kind of is the way it is. There’s a lot of look/see going on, but we’re also two and a half years from an election so that’s not surprising. Probably. Who would they like to have as their leader? 32% said Barrow. 30% said Panton. 27% said Faber. Correct ? I’m looking at the pictures and then 11% said – right. Then first word on PUP, again, it’s not that dissimilar. Corruption. Some people like him. Good. Johnny,Blue you know, the corruption thing was a little bit smaller than it is. Fewer people were saying corruption on the PUP side kind of to the impact there’s credibility certainly being built up was we’ll see. How likely to support the PUP again, you know, they have a bigger base. They have 30%, they have in every survey that we’ve ever done. Election outcomes aren’t based on what that says. They’re based on what those people in the middle do and that might vote for. You just have a lot of people in Belize sitting there that are gonna be watching over the next two and a half years, and they’re gonna say, how have these guys done on improving my life? And that starts with economic, crime, corruption.”
The survey was commissioned and paid for by Lord Michael Ashcroft.