Grech, Covid-19 impact Abela’s trust rating – Survey

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Ritratti: Miguela Xuereb

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The gap between Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista is just over ten points and its the closest it has ever been in the last three years since October 2017, a new survey conducted by MaltaToday shows.

The newly elected Partit Nazzjonalista leader Bernard Grech and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic seem to have had an impact on Abela’s leadership.

The survey was carried out between 5 and 9 October among 654 respondents using stratified random sampling based on region, gender and age.

According to the study, the first one since Grech was elected leader, Partit Nazzjonalista’s support has reached 30% while Partit Laburista has polled its lowest result in three years and now stands at 40.3%. This means that the PL has lost 7.5 points since July and almost five points since the last survey in September when coronavirus-related deaths were on the increase.

In terms of votes, Partit Nazzzjonalista has halved the gap to 30,000 from the 57,000 vote gap. PL won by 35,280 votes over PN in the snap election of June 2017. The survey shows that Grech retains the trust of 73.4% of those who voted PN in the last election.

Partit Nazzjonalista’s voter retention rate has increased significantly and now stands at 72.8% when compared to July (50.6%) and September (58.5%).

Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela has also garnered the lowest level of trust since he became Prime Minister in January and is now polling at 46.6%. Grech who has only been leader for a week and Opposition leader for less than that, has gained 30.9%. This means that the trust gap between the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader has narrowed to almost 16 points.

Grech’s election, the economic instability brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s handling of the pandemic especially when outbreaks were registered in nursing homes for the elderly had an impact on PL’s and Abela’s performance, according to the survey.