Most do not want a snap election – survey

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The majority of the Maltese are against a snap election according to new survey results published on the Sunday Times of Malta. On the other hand, in a separate report, talk of an early election was made.

According to a survey conducted by EMCS, an advisory and market research firm, and commissioned by Times of Malta, 78% of the respondents said that they would like to see the government do its full term and hold elections in 2022.

A total of 376 respondents participated in the survey which was held between 9 and 18 June.

A report which appeared on Illum reported that Prime Minister Robert Abela is considering holding an early election following the Montenegro scandal. Murder suspect Yorgen Fenech pocketed millions through his Dubai-based company 17 Black when Enemalta acquired shares in a Montenegrin wind farm project.

Only 3% of the respondents said that they felt that a general election should be held this year, while 4% said that it should be held next year.

Asked whether they had a clear idea on who they would vote for were an election to be held tomorrow, nearly two in three said ‘yes’. More than a quarter claimed they do not know who to vote for right now.

According to the survey results, Partit Laburista has a 23% lead over Partit Nazzjonalista. 38% of the respondents said that they would vote for Partit Laburista if an election was held tomorrow, while only 15% said that they would vote for Partit Nazzjonalista.

Considering a snap election

Illum reported that the possibility of holding a snap election has been a subject discussion within Partit Laburista. Following the fresh corruption allegations involving the Montenegro deal, Prime Minister Abela is considering calling an early election. Abela who is reportedly angry and shocked, maintained that those who should shoulder political responsibility have no place within the party.

The previous administration did not complete its term, and a snap election was called amid corruption allegations.

Asked about who should lead the two major political parties, 42% of the respondents in the Sunday Times of Malta survey believe that Abela is the ideal candidate to lead the party. Abela is four times more trusted than Opposition Leader Adrian Delia. Respondents chose Chris Fearne as having ‘leadership qualities’. Delia on the other hand placed fourth out of five suggested leaders for Partit Nazzjonalista.

A similar survey was published on Sunday’s edition of MaltaToday, which showed that Abela’s trust rating took a hit. Although Delia failed to boost his trust rating.