Lovin Readers Are More Sure About Their Vote As Trust In Party Leaders Increases

Results from our latest politics survey are in

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Last week we launched our second Big Politics Survey. We asked readers to provide insight into their previous voting tendencies, thoughts on the current election, and generally where their political allegiances lie. We then compared their answers to the same survey we'd launched back in February of this year. 

Here's a summary of what we found out from the results. 

1. Our Respondents

This time around we got a total of 3,503 respondents, compared to February's 1,045. The latest survey was answers mostly by people under the age of 29, and there was a pretty healthy balance between male and female respondents. 

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2. Voting Trends

We asked our readers which party got their number one vote in the last general election (March 2013). The majority of respondents (41%) claimed to have given it to a PN candidate, whilst a quarter of the respondents gave their number one to a Labour Party candidate. These results weren't too different to what was found in our February survey.  

2013 Voting

3. Traditional Political Background

Meanwhile, we asked our readers to let us know which political party their family most closely associated with. There was a slight increase in respondents with a Labour Party background in the May survey. 

Party Backgrounds

4. Trust

When we asked which politicians our readers placed their trust in the most, the answers did vary from the first survey to the second. Interestingly, a lot more respondents claimed that they trusted none of the politicians presented back in February. The people listed in the survey were: Joseph Muscat, Simon Busuttil, Arnold Cassola, and Marlene Farrugia.

Trust

5. Upcoming Election

In both surveys the Nationalist Party was selected as the one respondents would vote for if the election were happening "today". The May survey had PN in the lead with 54%. Only 2% of the respondents said they were still to young to vote, versus 9% from February; and another 2% said they wouldn't be voting for their own reasons. In February, 7% of respondents said they were still undecided on who they would vote for whilst in May that percentage had whittled down to 1%. 

Voting Intentions

So here's the exact breakdown of how our readers would vote if they had to now – according to the May survey results. 

Upcoming Vote

6. Major concerns

We asked respondents to select the issues that matter most to how they intend to vote in the next election. Corruption was the leading issue that readers were concerned with – the same was true for those who filled in the survey in February. Jobs and education were the second and third most important issues for respondents, whilst back in February the environment and cost of living were in the top three. 

Concerns

And it looks like Arnold Cassola has finally won something – the title of least corrupt politician. Quite an important win, seeing as it's the main concern of the electorate. Joseph Muscat on the other hand, was elected as the most corrupt politician by our readers. 

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7. Main sentiments

We asked our readers to let us know how they feel about the upcoming election on June 3rd 2017. These were some of the main things being felt.

Partisan allegiance

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Electoral promises

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Trust issues

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Exam distraction

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How do you feel about the upcoming election? Let us know in the comments section!

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Ann Dingli

Ann Dingli writes mostly about art and design. She enjoys friendly debates and has accepted that she's a small person.

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