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Adam Price more popular FM choice than Drakeford – but two thirds can’t pick between candidates

04 Feb 2020 2 minutes Read
Adam Price (left) and Mark Drakeford (right) clashed in the Senedd

Adam Price is a more popular choice for First Minister with the people of Wales than the incumbent Mark Drakeford, according to a YouGov poll.

However, 71% of respondents said they could not answer the question, raising concerns about the public visibility of Welsh political leaders.

The question asked as part of the poll was “Which of the following do you think would make the best First Minister of Wales?” with Adam Price, Mark Drakeford, Paul Davies and ‘Don’t Know’ listed as possible answers.

Removing those who did not know and those who refused to answer, 48% thought Adam Price should be First Minister, 32% Mark Drakeford and 24% Paul Davies.

Adam Price is the leader of Paid Cymru, Mark Drakeford the leader of Welsh Labour and Paul Davies the leader of the Welsh Conservatives.

 

‘Appealing’

Among those who said they would vote Labour at a constituency level at the next Assembly election, 63% would choose Mark Drakeford, 27% would choose Adam Price and 3% Paul Davies.

Among those who said they would vote Plaid Cymru at a constituency level at the next Assembly election, 14% would choose Mark Drakeford, 84% would choose Adam Price and 2% Paul Davies.

Among those who said they would vote Conservative at a constituency level at the next Assembly election, 15% would choose Mark Drakeford, 15% would choose Adam Price and 73% Paul Davies.

Responding to the figures, a Plaid Cymru spokesperson said:

“Adam Price has consistently polled a higher popularity rating than the other party leaders – and is a far more appealing proposition to voters as First Minister than the current incumbent.

“Only by electing a Plaid Cymru First Minister will Wales transform itself as a Nation and on to a prosperous future.

“This is a damning verdict on the Labour Leader’s first year in office. Wales has been held back by 12 months of dither and delay and as the poll confirms change cannot come soon enough.”

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Idris
Idris
1 year ago

It isn’t a damning verdict on Drakeford’s first year in office. The public probably haven’t got a clue what he achieved in his first year in office, just as they knew nothing of the benefits of EU membership.

Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes
1 year ago

The damning verdict is the fact that nearly 3/4 of those polled aren’t informed enough to make a decision.

Lack of Welsh information is a colossal drawback to the development of this country. That is THE story.

John Young
John Young
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Hughes

With no Welsh media to speak of it’s hardly surprising. Most people in Wales get their daily news dose from English papers and English news channels.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob Hughes

Exactly. This poll, showing that only 29% of the country know who Drakeford, Smith and Davies are, tells you everything you need to know about the lack of an informative media (press, radio or television) in Cymru.

My mam saw Drakeford on the telly and asked “Who is he?” I actually think the AMs prefer it that way.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 year ago
Reply to  Rhosddu

Now there’s a thought?

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 year ago

Feeding off the results of these sorts of polls is very misleading We need to get real and get to work on attacking the track record and communicating our own ideas to displace Unionist dependency culture. Labour and Tories will keep us stuck in the same old downward spiral ( each with their own stack of motives) but daydreaming around the contents of polls will not deliver a new reality. Effort needs to be focussed.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 year ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Radio Nation Cymru?

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 year ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Now there’s another thought?

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