Photo: Ben Borg Cardona
A survey commissioned by Lovin Malta shows there exists, perhaps unsurprisingly, a significant political divide when it comes to public perception on the role played in society by Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Asked for their perception of Caruana Galizia and given multiple options to choose from, 93% of people who voted PN in the last election described her as an investigative journalist and as an anti-corruption activist. 79% of PN voters described her as an opinion columnist and 36% as an anti-Labour blogger, while 24% think she was a gossip writer and only 11% think she was a Nationalist Party activist.
However, the picture alters completely among Labour voters, where the most common description of the late Caruana Galizia was that of an anti-Labour blogger (92% of PL voters), followed by a gossip writer (81% of PL voters) and a PN activist (78%). In contrast, only 22% of PL voters think she was an investigative journalist and even fewer, 20%, consider her legacy to be that of an anti-corruption activist.
What PN voters think of Daphne Caruana Galizia
And what PL voters think of her
The political gap displayed itself again when respondents were asked about the wider ramifications of Caruana Galizia’s murder. While 93% of PN voters said the murder makes them feel freedom of expression is under threat in Malta, only 11% of PL voters said likewise.
While 50% of PL voters agree that Caruana Galizia’s murder has no wider relation to Malta and 30% are unsure, PN voters swing in the opposite direction, with 89% disagreeing that what happened on 16th October 2017 was an isolated incident.
In fact, the only synergy between red and blue emerged when people were asked whether Caruana Galizia’s murder was brought on by her journalism style, a statement 55% of PL voters and 58% of PN voters agreed with.