Monday, August 21, 2006
As the August 28 date for elections in Guyana fast approaches, opinion survey polls have shown that although the ruling party's popularity is eroding it still remains in first place in the political race. However, the Alliance for Change, regarded as the newest member on the Guyanese political front, has swept into second place at the helm of Rafael Trotman, pushing the main Opposition party into third position as they prepare to contest the national and regional polls. American pollster Dick Morris commented that "The elections race is now a two-way contest between the People's Progression Party/Civic and the AFC." This pronouncement was in sharp contrast with an independent poll by North American Caribbean Teachers Association which showed the ruling People's Progression Party/Civic , the alliance for Change and the Opposition People's National Congress Reform , maintaining their present 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ranking but with the popularity of President Bharrat Jagdeo slipping. According to the polls, the PPP/C although still in the lead has dropped to 36 percent, followed closely by the AFC with 27 percent of votes and the main opposition dropping in with 19 per cent. This is the third such poll conducted in Guyana since February this year.