Board Receives Greater Support after Approval
The results of The Survey show an increase in support to PROMESA and a decrease in the lack of awareness about it, although it still prevails
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00 AM
By El Nuevo Día
The subject of the Oversight Board, which is also known by the acronym of the federal law that enforces it (PROMESA), is still a topic about which more people are unaware than aware among registered voters, according to the results of the most recent edition of The Survey by El Nuevo Día.
Meanwhile, 6% of respondents say they have "a lot of knowledge," and another 19% say they have "some knowledge" about the Board. Three out of every four respondents claim the have "little knowledge" (55%) or "no knowledge" (20%).
When comparing these results with those obtained for "El Pulso del País" (another poll conducted byEl Nuevo Día last June,) the level of knowledge does show some increase, from 16% to 25%. However, just as it was back then, the lack of awareness prevails. After answering the question about their knowledge of the imminent Oversight Board, all respondents were presented with explanatory material about it. After receiving this information, the level of knowledge on the subject among respondents increased to 81%, versus 69% reported in the survey conducted in June 2016.
It's interesting to note that 3 out of every 5 registered voters (62%) are in favor of PROMESA. This support prevails in all subgroups, including by gender, age, geographical area, education level, and annual household income.
By political affiliation, PROMESA has greater support among those who identify with the New Progressive Party (71%), but also among PDP affiliates (55%) and unaffiliated voters (58%).The opinion on the Oversight Board has shifted, compared to the results obtained in June, prior to its approval, when only 46% supported it, versus the current 62%.
In accordance with this increase in support of the Board, there's also an increase in the opinion that this measure is "very" or "quite" important for citizens, from 55% in June to 68% now. Likewise, 3 out of every 5 people (61% of the 1,000 Survey respondents) feel the Board will be beneficial for the Island, which is a 14-point increase compared to the 47% who thought the same in the survey "Pulso del País" in June 2016.