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