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Corruption is main issue for voters

No over-riding issue sways 28% of Labour voters when voting

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James Debono
18 May 2017, 8:43am
This result could be an indication that the PN has managed to create a battle cry for its followers
This result could be an indication that the PN has managed to create a battle cry for its followers
Asked to state the main issue on which they will be voting in the forthcoming general election, 42% of respondents either replied corruption or the Panama scandal. The results emerge from a survey held among 750 respondents contacted last week.

MaltaToday’s survey reveals that PN voters are more focused on a single issue than PL voters, 28% of whom cannot even mention one single issue which will motivate them on June 23.  

This result could be an indication that the PN has managed to create a battle cry for its followers, while the PL is struggling to build a narrative for voters in an election which was called a year ahead of its time by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

While 59% of PN voters mention corruption as the issue affecting their vote, followed by 14% who mentioned the Panama saga, Labour voters are divided between those whose main motivation is “lies” propagated by the other side (19%) and those who mention the economy and wealth (17%).  

The high percentage of Labour respondents who refer to “lies” propagated by the other side is an indication that the Egrant case has also served to mobilise Labour voters.

On the other hand an equal percentage of PL voters are more motivated by the party’s narrative based on its economic performance. 

Other Labour voters mentioned their party’s electoral proposals (8%) or the difference between party leaders (8%). While 16% of PN voters could not mention an over-riding issue affecting their vote, the percentage rises to 28% among PL voters.

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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, ...