Delia behind Muscat by 25%, survey shows

All Labour Party voters trust Muscat the most, while 72.5% of Nationalist Party voters trust Delia, results published by It-Torca indicate

A survey commissioned by It-Torca shows that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is ahead of Opposition leader Adrian Delia by 25 percentage points when it comes to voter trust
A survey commissioned by It-Torca shows that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is ahead of Opposition leader Adrian Delia by 25 percentage points when it comes to voter trust

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is ahead of Opposition leader Adrian Delia by 25 percentage points, a survey published today has shown.

The survey on trust in political leaders, commissioned by It-Torca and carried out by statistician Vincent Marmara, indicated that 47.2% of respondents trusted Muscat the most, while 22.9% gave their backing to Delia.

This contrasts with a MaltaToday trust barometer published earlier this month, which had shown that 41% of respondents trusted the Prime Minister more, a drop of 9.4 points over the previous December barometer. The Opposition leader meanwhile had bounced up by 8.2 points, with 15.4% saying they trusted him the most.

The It-Torca survey found that all Labour Party voters trusted Muscat the most, but when it came to Nationalist Party voters, while 72.5% said they trusted Delia, 2.6% said they trusted Muscat, 10.3% refused to respond, 13.7% were undecided and 0.9% said ‘others’.

MaltaToday’s trust barometer had indicated that amongst PL voters, 72.3% trusted Muscat, a significant drop from the 98% trust retention in the previous survey. Twenty percent of Labourites were uncertain of who to trust, only 2.5% trusted Delia, and 4.9% trusted none of the two leaders.

Amongst PN voters, 33.8% trusted Delia, 8% trusted Muscat, a significant 33.5% did not know who to trust and 24.8% trusted neither.

Voting intentions

It-Torca’s survey found that 46.6% of respondents would vote Labour, while 28.9% would give their vote to the Nationalists. Those undecided stood at 4.2%, 12.3% refused to reply, 6.5% said they would not be voting and 1.5% would vote for other parties.

Using the Multiple Imputation Technique to scientifically deduce who those who the non-responders and undecided respondents would vote for, the end prediction indicates that 58.4% would vote PL if a general election were held now, with 40% voting PN and 1.6% would vote for Alternattiva Demokratika or other parties.

The last MaltaToday survey had indicated that 42% would vote PL, 28.9% PN and 1.2% AD. Those who had said they would not vote stood at 10.3%, while 17.4% were uncertain of their voting intention.

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