Political partisanship in Malta is alive and kicking with the first-ever survey of the state of the nation revealing that 82.7% of people have always voted for the same political party.
The survey, unveiled this morning, obtained responses from 1,064 people – a representative sample of the Maltese population. It was launched back in March under the guidance of statistician Vincent Marmara and Lou Bondi under the auspices of President George Vella.
It uncovered that a large chunk of respondents, around 48%, based their opinions on certain issues on the positions taken by their favoured political party.
A similar number said that politics was deeply important to them. However, the trend does seem to be changing among younger generations.
The results of the survey are clear to see in Malta’s electoral system – with the Labour Party and Nationalist Party dominating the political arena for over 50 years.
It is also unsurprising that a large number of people base their opinions on their party’s positions, with both major political parties using massive media machines to disseminate their message.
Lovin Malta is currently challenging a 1991 proviso in the Broadcasting Act that allows biased reporting by political party stations, despite the Constitution demanding impartiality on TV.
Our campaign strives towards reform of broadcasting in Malta where the sector is not dominated by political parties which manipulate the truth.
What do you think of the results?