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Malta Still Split On Egrant: Half The Country Unconvinced That Panama Company Does Not Belong To Muscats

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A slight majority of Maltese voters are still having trouble believing the magisterial inquiry that cleared the Prime Minister and his wife from claims they owned a Panama company called Egrant.

According to a scientific survey by Lovin Malta, 50.5% of respondents answered ‘no’ (36.8%) or ‘I’m not sure’ (13.7%) when asked whether they were convinced that Egrant does not belong to the Muscats.

On the other hand, 49.45% said they believed the findings of the inquiry.

Asked what they thought before the inquiry was released, 42.6% said they believed Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Egrant story, 18.1% said they were unsure and only 39.3% dismissed it as false.

This means there has been a shift in public opinion of around 10% since the Egrant inquiry’s summary was published on July 22nd: from 39.3% who believed Muscat’s version all along to 49.45% who were convinced by the magistrate’s conclusions.

General Population Before Inquiry
General Population After Inquiry

The Lovin Malta survey, carried out in partnership with research company Esprimi, was conducted between Thursday 26th and Friday 27th July, using a mix of online and telephone interviews. A base of 1,100 responses were used to sample the electorate.

The survey found more skepticism coming from Nationalist quarters, where only 7.47% believed the inquiry’s findings. A whopping 74.23% said they were not convinced while 18.3% said they were still unsure.

Still PN voters do report a slight shift from before the election when 86.9% thought Egrant belonged to the Muscats, 11.1% were unsure and only 2.1% did not buy the story.

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Respondents who voted PN in 2017

There was a stronger shift among Labourites. While almost a quarter of respondents said they had believed (6.1%) the Egrant story or were unsure (16.9%) before the inquiry, now these have fallen to 10.39%.

The Prime Minister, who previously had convinced 77.1% of PL voters, now enjoys the confidence of 89.61% on this issue.

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Respondents who voted PL in 2017

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