DNA Within Striking Range
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2012
DNA Within Striking Range
The recent poll released by the Nassau Guardian has added much speculation to the outcome of these upcoming elections. The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), conceived 10 months ago, was not anticipated to never be able to represent a “full party” and rumored to be “dead on arrival” is now within striking range of the two political forces that were once believed to be insurmountable giants of Bahamian politics.
Regardless of questions regarding validity and accuracy of the poll, we believe a lot can be determined from the data as it is presented. While at first glance it appears to demonstrate a dead heat between the Free National Movement and the Progressive Liberal Party, the following factors demonstrate why this could be viewed as three-way tie:
➢ PLP/FNM 30 Year Head Start of DNA
Both parties have had 30 years to secure support, develop campaign infrastructure and establish “voting blocks” in specific constituencies; a feet that has taken the DNA only 10 months and still within striking range.
➢ PLP/FNM outspend 1 for 50 DNA
Both parties, after spending decades in power, are heavily funded by the special interest that they support and the elected officials that they have made rich. For every dollar we spend they collectively spend 50. For every commercial we run, they run 50, and still we are within striking range.
➢ PLP/FNM TOGETHER could barely secure half of the electorate
Based on the poll presented by Public Domain, 45.8% of the voting public is not prepared to vote for either the FNM or the PLP. We believe this reflects a paradigm shift in Bahamian politics and interpret it to mean that our message of change is reaching the Bahamian electorate.
The DNA now renews its quest to convince more Bahamians that the time for change is now. We are of the view that a lot of Bahamians are afraid of change, but this survey today clearly shows a lot of Bahamians are ready for new governance that is transparent, honest and will not endorse criminal misconduct. We encourage more Bahamians to join this movement, which will transform governance in this country forever.
DNA leader, Branville McCartney said the survey is very encouraging, adding “Just 10 months ago, this survey would have only shown data for the PLP and the FNM. Now today, the DNA is head-to-head with these once considered to be political giants. Change is in the air and change is coming.”
We encourage all Bahamians to get registered to vote and when elections are called to vote for the DNA.