Holness’ National Support Not Limited By Age

Andrew Holness, Jamaica Labour Party leader in waiting. - File

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters might have made age a factor in their decision to line up behind Andrew Holness to replace Bruce Golding as party leader and prime minister, but the persons supporting him are more than just the youth.

The latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll found strong support for Holness across all age demographics.

When respondents were asked who would be their first choice to replace Golding, 47 per cent of those in his age group, 35 to 44, lined up behind the 39-year-old Holness.

Holness also captured 42 per cent of the people in the 18 to 24 age group, and 44 per cent of those in the 25 to 34 age group.

For those persons older than Holness, it was an almost uniform 40 per cent support over all the age groups including the persons 65 years and older.

Set to be endorsed

Holness seems set to be endorsed as the JLP’s new leader by next week Wednesday when nominations close, and the party will be pushing his youth as one of its calling cards for the general election.

However the JLP will also be campaigning on its record over the past four years and the hope which Holness presents as the new leader.

The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has accepted that Holness will give the JLP a bounce ,but that has not diminished expectation of a victory at the poll.

According to the PNP leadership, its political work programme will continue with a bus tour slated for this week and another in the final week of the month.

The PNP is expected to argue that Holness was one of the JLP members of parliament who supported Golding during his mishandling of the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke extradition request.

Holness and the JLP will also be criticised by the Opposition over its handling of the economy and the loss of thousands of jobs.

The Opposition will also argue that it has a team of persons with an appropriate blend of youth and experience to take the country forward.

The latest Johnson poll was conducted on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, in 84 communities across the island with a sample size of 1,008 and a margin of error of plus or minus four per cent.