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2011 Elections Survey

1. Of the issues below what should be the top five priorities of the next government? Issue 3

Issue 4

9.4% (12)

7.0% (9)

28.5%

17.1%

13.0%

(40)

(35)

(21)

(16)

4.3% (2)

12.8% (6)

21.8%

17.9%

17.9%

12.8%

29.5%

(17)

(14)

(14)

(10)

(23)

4.8% (1)

14.3% (3)

14.3% (3)

19.0% (4)

18.8%

16.7%

25.0%

24.0%

15.6%

(18)

(16)

(24)

(23)

(15)

Youth-related matters

2.8% (1)

16.7% (6)

30.6%

27.8%

(11)

(10)

Constitutional advancement/change

4.0% (1)

16.0% (4)

12.0% (3)

16.0% (4)

11.6%

16.3%

25.6%

34.9%

11.6%

(10)

(14)

(22)

(30)

(10)

8.3% (5)

11.7% (7)

18.3%

41.7%

20.0%

(11)

(25)

(12)

14.7%

17.3%

25.3%

16.0%

26.7%

(11)

(13)

(19)

(12)

(20)

Crime

Economy

Environment

Good governance

Social services

Education

Sewerage

Roads

Health care

Issue 1

Issue 2

43.0%

28.9%

(55)

(37)

32.5%

31.9% (15)

19.1% (9)

Issue 5

11.7% (15)

8.9% (11)

31.9% (15)

47.6% (10)

22.2% (8)

52.0% (13)

Rating

Response

Average

Count

2.16

128

2.37

123

3.62

47

3.10

78

3.90

21

3.01

96

3.50

36

3.96

25

3.19

86

3.53

60

3.23

75

Other (please specify)

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13

answered question

168

skipped question

0


2. What are the most critical steps that government should take in addressing crime? 1 Highest

6 2

3

4

5

Priority

Arm police officers

Add more police officers

Implement more holistic programmes for young people

Increase penalties

Seek outside assistance in managing the situation

New leadership in the police force

Lowest Priority

25.6%

12.4%

9.3%

7.0%

14.0%

31.8%

(33)

(16)

(12)

(9)

(18)

(41)

19.7%

19.7%

20.5%

21.2%

12.9%

6.1%

(26)

(26)

(27)

(28)

(17)

(8)

29.5%

17.8%

21.9%

13.0%

13.0%

4.8%

(43)

(26)

(32)

(19)

(19)

(7)

34.2%

27.4%

17.8%

8.2%

10.3%

2.1%

(50)

(40)

(26)

(12)

(15)

(3)

19.5%

17.3%

15.0%

19.5%

13.5%

15.0%

(26)

(23)

(20)

(26)

(18)

(20)

27.0%

11.9%

15.1%

12.7%

15.1%

18.3%

(34)

(15)

(19)

(16)

(19)

(23)

Rating

Response

Average

Count

3.67

129

3.06

132

2.77

146

2.39

146

3.35

133

3.32

126

Other (please specify)

17

answered question

161

skipped question

7

3. Do you support increasing the membership of the House of Assembly to 15 members? Response

Response

Percent

Count

No

71.0%

115

Yes: Add 2 more districts seats

8.0%

13

Yes: Add 2 more at large seats

10.5%

17

10.5%

17

answered question

162

skipped question

6

Yes add: 1 district seat and 1 at large seat

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4. What do you believe is the current state of the Virgin Islands’ environment? Response

Response

Percent

Count

Excellent

0.6%

1

Good

7.9%

13

Fair

46.7%

77

Poor

23.0%

38

Very Poor

21.8%

36

answered question

165

skipped question

3

Response

Response

Percent

Count

5. In 10 years, do you think the Virgin Islands environment will be:

In much better shape than it is

7.2%

12

In better shape than it is today

21.7%

36

About the same as it is today

23.5%

39

In worse shape that it is today

34.3%

57

13.3%

22

answered question

166

skipped question

2

today

In much worse shape than it is today

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6. Do you think that the economy is recovering from the global economic recession? If not, why not?

Lack of governmental leadership Lack of local and overseas investment Lack of confidence about the future Lack of a strong recovery in the United States and Europe All of the above

Response

Response

Percent

Count

31.8%

49

5.2%

8

7.8%

12

11.7%

18

43.5%

67

answered question

154

skipped question

14

7. Do you think that the economy is recovering from the global economic recession? If yes, how fast?

Faster than the rest of the region About the same as the rest of the region Slower than the rest of the region

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Response

Response

Percent

Count

12.0%

17

60.6%

86

27.5%

39

answered question

142

skipped question

26


8. If we continue to use the same tourism strategy we are using today, in 10 years time:

Many more tourists will come to the Virgin Islands yearly The same number of tourists will come to the VI Fewer tourists will come to the VI Far fewer tourists will come to the VI

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Response

Response

Percent

Count

8.5%

14

17.6%

29

45.5%

75

28.5%

47

answered question

165

skipped question

3


9. Please answer either Yes or No to the questions below Rating

Response

Average

Count

Yes

No

12.9% (21)

87.1% (142)

1.87

163

34.0% (55)

66.0% (107)

1.66

162

67.5% (110)

32.5% (53)

1.33

163

28.8% (46)

71.3% (114)

1.71

160

70.6% (113)

29.4% (47)

1.29

160

58.3% (95)

41.7% (68)

1.42

163

59.7% (95)

40.3% (64)

1.40

159

45.6% (73)

54.4% (87)

1.54

160

60.5% (98)

39.5% (64)

1.40

162

23.8% (38)

76.3% (122)

1.76

160

83.5% (132)

16.5% (26)

1.16

158

64.6% (104)

35.4% (57)

1.35

161

Have you attended any political rallies for the upcoming general election? Do you believe that one party will win the elections outright? Do you believe that independent candidates will be elected this year? Do you believe that independents will form the government after the election this year? Do you believe that we will have a brand new government this year? Do you believe that the next government will be a coalition government? Do you believe that a coalition would be the best government for the territory? Do you believe that all members of the House of Assembly should be elected at large? Would you support term limits of 2 consecutive terms for members of the House of Assembly? Do you believe that all members of the House of Assembly should be elected by districts? Do you believe that the at large members should have a specific role in Government? Do you believe that the premier should be elected at large?

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answered question

165

skipped question

3

Rating

Response

Average

Count

10. Please answer either yes or no to the questions below Yes

No

80.7% (130)

19.3% (31)

1.19

161

49.1% (79)

50.9% (82)

1.51

161

80.2% (130)

19.8% (32)

1.20

162

62.3% (99)

37.7% (60)

1.38

159

59.4% (95)

40.6% (65)

1.41

160

17.0% (27)

83.0% (132)

1.83

159

82.5% (127)

17.5% (27)

1.18

154

96.3% (154)

3.8% (6)

1.04

160

50.9% (82)

49.1% (79)

1.49

161

61.3% (100)

38.7% (63)

1.39

163

Do you support government’s plan to establish a national health insurance system? Would you support the implementation of a taxpayerfunded unemployment programme in the territory? Would you support the implementation of a national pension scheme in the territory? Would you support the implementation of a taxpayersupported affordable housing scheme in the territory? Do you think the new greenhouses are a good idea? Is the Virgin Islands government sufficiently transparent? Would you support opening the register of legislators’ interests to the public? Do you think government needs to do more to cut government expenses? Would you support routinely arming police officers? Do you believe agriculture can become a sound third pillar for the economy? Would you support the extension of

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the Beef Island runway to accommodate direct flights from

84.0% (137)

16.0% (26)

1.16

163

63.8% (104)

36.2% (59)

1.36

163

78.4% (127)

21.6% (35)

1.22

162

95.1% (156)

4.9% (8)

1.05

164

88.3% (144)

11.7% (19)

1.12

163

20.5% (33)

79.5% (128)

1.80

161

38.3% (62)

61.7% (100)

1.62

162

60.5% (98)

39.5% (64)

1.40

162

15.8% (25)

84.2% (133)

1.84

158

answered question

165

skipped question

3

the USA? Would you support the construction of a golf course in the territory? Should the government establish a Ministry of Tourism to manage the development of tourism in the territory? Should the territory develop and implement a national tourism strategy for the tourism sector? Should the territory develop and implement a national strategy for the management of the financial services sector? Is the territory better off than it was 4 years ago? Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Are you optimistic about the future of the territory 5 or 10 years out? Do you think that the territory is headed in the right direction?

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Q1. Of the issues below what should be the top five priorities of the next government?

1

Incinerator

Jul 5, 2011 4:19 PM

2

finishing the hospital

Jul 5, 2011 10:25 AM

3

pumping of sewage in the road reef marina

Jul 3, 2011 6:26 PM

4

abolition of trade licenses for BVIslanders

Jun 28, 2011 2:50 PM

5

roads and infrustructure

Jun 25, 2011 8:54 PM

6

Immigration and price control and Virgin islands Pride

Jun 23, 2011 9:39 PM

7

All Should be top priorities

Jun 23, 2011 2:05 PM

8

Accountability

Jun 6, 2011 6:35 PM

9

Developing Tourism

Jun 5, 2011 6:46 AM

10

Lowering the cost to do business by taxes and lack of infrastructure

Jun 2, 2011 5:53 PM

11

begin random stop and search all over (day and night); consider implementing this also at residences,businesses, other facilities; do stake outs; criminals and potential criminals must be constantly feel uneasy, wondering, like they are being looked at; have many undercovers police come in from other caribbean countries rotating here from time to time

May 28, 2011 6:17 PM

12

1. Preparation for Independance 2. Implement efforts to lure Professional Virgin Islanders diasporia back home to fill help with advancement of the territory.

May 20, 2011 12:10 PM

13

Quicker Path to citizenship.

May 18, 2011 11:18 PM

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Q2. What are the most critical steps that government should take in addressing crime?

1

try to create confidence in the police

Jul 7, 2011 1:47 PM

2

#1 - FOOT PATROLS!!!!!

Jul 5, 2011 1:53 PM

3

CURFEW

Jul 2, 2011 7:01 PM

4

Gun related crimes should get mandatory 25 to life sentencing

Jun 30, 2011 12:06 PM

5

Survailence Cameras in every distrect.

Jun 29, 2011 7:27 PM

6

create a unit with the 3 enforcement department and start from there cause look at the customs laws it is so powerful join force together to make one

Jun 26, 2011 10:23 AM

7

juvenile programs starting within the school

Jun 26, 2011 9:22 AM

8

Convert Her Majisty Palace @ Balsum Ghut into Her Majisty Prison

Jun 24, 2011 10:23 PM

9

Hold police officer accountable for doing their job & decipline more

Jun 24, 2011 10:04 AM

10

assess root causes and developed a national crime reduction strategy

Jun 23, 2011 9:39 PM

11

Implement more holistic programmes for families and the community

Jun 23, 2011 3:25 PM

12

Use and enforce the existing laws fairly

Jun 12, 2011 8:25 PM

13

Better police presence, CCT cameras, village bobby

Jun 2, 2011 9:51 PM

14

Better police training; more oversight of officers

Jun 2, 2011 4:33 PM

15

more active surveillance, searches, raids etc.

May 27, 2011 4:08 PM

16

It is very evident that there is a dire need for new leadership and direction with the police force. Such positions should have leadership turn-over with-in an eight year time frame. The present way with such appointments (Department heads overall) is a breathing ground for complacency which trickles down as is evident within the force.

May 20, 2011 12:10 PM

17

Installing Public survellance cameras

May 18, 2011 11:18 PM

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