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Bahamians Awake results of Bahamas Outlook survey
By Bahamians Awake
Jan 18, 2017 - 6:53:49 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas – Bahamians Awake, a group created by a team of young and creative Bahamians who have grown discontented with the direction of the country administered an online survey via Facebook earlier this month. Their current disenchantment with the leadership and direction of the country escalated as the Baha Mar saga unfolded and the populace watched how the government’s handling and what many perceive as bias towards the Chinese led to the stalling of the project, redundancy of 2,000 employees and the ousting of the original developer.

The survey’s respondents consisted of a total sample size of 485 people between ages of 18-65 across The Bahamas; males accounting for 48% of the respondents and females, 51%. The purpose of this study was to gauge the trust and confidence the populace has in the current administration, and to also reflect the type of leadership that is desired going into the next general election.

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The administrators of the page, said, “Amidst the election propaganda circulating the social sphere, there are the voices of real people that are not being heard. The government’s role in what led to the redundancy of 2,000 employees and the stalling of Baha Mar only lit the fuse to our demand for change in the country. The Bahamas is still littered in socio-economic ills, and the government’s answer to our problems is the rubbing in our faces of jobs – the ones that we lost, and some are still without to this day after the government’s intervention that they wish we would forget and accept their version of history. From unemployment, to credit downgrades, to crime, to corruption and the need for the freedom of information, Bahamians all around the country are demanding change. We are in a historic place in our country’s evolution and we must understand that if we desire change, then we, the people, must be the agents of that change.”

Study Highlights:
  • 92% of the respondents do not believe that The Bahamas will be in a better place if the PLP won the 2017 election
  • 92% of the respondents do not believe that the opening of Baha Mar will secure a PLP re-election
  • On a scale of 1-5 (1 being very poor and 5 being very good), the PLP received an average grade of 1.5 on its ability of leading the country through 2012-2017
  • 85% of the respondents believed that the government sold The Bahamas out to the Chinese
  • When asked what they thought would make the country better, respondents said:
A change in government (200 times)
Freedom of Information Act (187 times)
Weed out corruption (150 times)
When asked whom they thought had the best vision for the country going forward:
38% of respondents said Dr Hubert Minnis
27% said Branville McCartney and Greg Moss
8% said Perry Christie

Bahamians Awake is a group that believes that the collective critical thinking and curiosity of an electorate will not only demand accountability from its leaders, but also challenge them to be self-accountable and hold themselves to the highest standard. It is this type of mindset that is needed to propel the country forward and ensure that we remain competitive in the global landscape.

We invite Bahamians whether home or abroad, to visit and like our page as we keep the Bahamian people informed and educated on issues that affect them and their country. We encourage our readers to remain critical, curious, and conscious.


Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of TheBahamasWeekly.com



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