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There exists a massive political divide in the public perception of whether the government was behind Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder, a survey commissioned by Lovin Malta can confirm.
Asked who they believe is responsible for the journalist’s murder and given multiples options to choose from, 94.4% of people who voted PN in last year’s election mentioned the government, making it their greatest suspect by far. In comparison, 72.2% of PN voters said a local crime organisation was behind Caruana Galizia’s murder and 55.6% said a foreign crime organisation was behind it.
However, the perception changes dramatically among Labour voters, amongst whom only 25% said the government was responsible for the murder. In contrast, PL voters believe a local and foreign crime syndicate are responsible, with 91.7% of mentions for each of the two organisations and 58.3% believe some portion of the blame rests with the Opposition
What PL voters think
And what PN voters think
The political divide presents itself throughout the survey. For example, while 57.3% of PL voters said they are very or rather confident in the judicial system finding who is responsible for Caruana Galizia’s murder, a whopping 66.3% of PN voters said they are not confident at all and a further 25% of them said they are not too confident.
Also, while 75.2% of PN voters believe a politician should have shouldered political responsibility for the murder, only 9.3% of PL voters believe likewise.
Meanwhile, a public inquiry into whether the murder could have been prevented, a request proposed by the Caruana Galizia family and Opposition leader Adrian Delia, is backed by 88.3% of PN voters but only 16.9% of PL voters.
More survey findings will be published in the coming days.