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CHICKEN ELECTIONS INTERACTIVE POLLING RESULTS

CHICKEN ELECTIONS INTERACTIVE POLLING RESULTS




The interactive charts below show the results for each of the six issues we polled with the Cayman population. Each chart can be updated using the filters, so you can see how results change based on different demographic groups.The charts on this website show an overview of the basic data. If you are interested to read more in-depth analysis, then please download a copy of the full research report using the black download button.

IGUANA CULLING

In late 2018, the Cayman Islands government embarked on an extensive culling program to bring the population of green iguanas under control. We want to know if you think this is a necessary action to prevent the population running out of control, or if you think government should let nature run its course.
Which statement do you agree with more?

The green iguana population is a menace, and I agree with the government’s current policy for culling them.

Or

Government should not make policy to interfere with animals in the ecosystem to try to manage their populations.

Result
16% FOR ENDING THE CULL
84% FOR KEEPING THE CULL
The iguana cull question was the most clear-cut issue by far, with all groups overwhelmingly in support of keeping the iguana cull. When looking deeper at the demographics, we found that Caymanians were especially in support of the cull compared to expatriates (who were still strongly in support, but not to the same degree).
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  • EDUCATION
  • HOUSEHOLD INCOME
  • NATIONALITY

NATIONAL HEALTHCARE

The Cayman Islands have a private healthcare system (with the exception of the limited CINICO service available to civil servants). We want to know if you are happy with the current system, or if the government should enact a nationalised healthcare system paid for by national taxation, replacing the current private system.
Which statement do you agree with more?

The government should run a national health insurance scheme paid for by national insurance payments (instead of private insurance payments).

Or

Private health insurance is the best way to deliver healthcare in the Cayman Islands.

Result
42% FAVOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE
58% FAVOUR PRIVATE HEALTHCARE
Overall, the current private healthcare system was more popular than replacing with a nationalised health service. When looking deeper at the demographics, we found that the older the population gets, the more likely people are to favour a national healthcare system. The same was true with the more educated people are, with the exception of high school educated respondents who ranked as the least educated in our poll but also one of the most favourable towards national healthcare.
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MARIJUANA

Legalising marijuana has been a hot topic across much of the world, and Cayman is no exception. Limited usage of CBD oil is allowed for medical purposes since 2016, but we want to find out whether public opinion is in favour of legalising it for recreational use or keeping it illegal.
Which statement do you agree with more?

Recreational marijuana should remain illegal in the Cayman Islands.

Or

Recreational marijuana should be legal in the Cayman Islands.

Result
52% WANT TO KEEP MARIJUANA ILLEGAL
48% WANT TO LEGALISE MARIJUANA
This was the closest overall score of any of the six questions, close enough to be a tie when assuming a reasonable margin of error in this data. When looking deeper at the demographics, we found that men were more in favour of legalising marijuana than women, and that as income went up so did support for legalising. Interestingly, the youngest two groups were least in favour, and this represents a surprising trend of views we found in these age groups (download the full report for full details).
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PLASTIC FREE

Both internationally and here in Cayman, there is growing public pressure to stop the use of single-use plastics in society (such as straws, cups and bags). We want to know if you think that the government should enforce a ban on single-use plastic, or if individuals and businesses should be free to choose how to deal with it.
Which statement do you agree with more?

The government should ban all single-use plastic.

Or

Individuals and businesses are best placed to decide how they use single-use plastic.

Result
58% FOR BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTIC
42% AGAINST BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTIC
In terms of overall results, this was the clearest score in favour of the government taking new and authoritarian action on an issue, with a clear majority in favour of banning single use plastic in Cayman. Looking deeper at the demographics, we found as education and income levels rose, so did support for banning plastics. Support for the ban increased as age went up to the age of 54 (then fell slightly, but not substantially), and Caymanians were far less in favour of banning plastic than expatriates (either as an overall group, or even when broken down into individual nations as you can see on the full report).
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GAY MARRIAGE

Gay marriage is rapidly being legalised around the developed world. The issue is currently being tested in the courts of Cayman, and we want to know where the balance of public opinion is on the question of whether it should be legal in Cayman or not.
Which statement do you agree with more?

Marriage is between one man and one woman, there should not be exceptions made for gay marriage.

Or

Gay marriage should be legalised in the Cayman Islands.

Result
47% AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE
53% FOR GAY MARRIAGE
Overall, the population is marginally in favour of gay marriage. Looking deeper at the demographics, we found that as education and income rises, so does the trend of support for gay marriage. The only age groups against in favour of gay marriage were those under 24 years old, while those groups between 35 and 54 year olds registered particularly strong support for gay marriage. Caymanians were far more against gay marriage than expatriates, and when broken down by nationality it was seen that Jamaican and Filipino respondents broke from expatriate statistics to also be against gay marriage (read more on the sampling issues with Jamaican and Filipino population in the full report).
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PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Cayman has seen tremendous amounts of development, with little in the way of restrictions on the amount or type of private development that can be built each year. We want to know if you think people should be able to choose what they want to do with their private land freely, or if the government should impose stricter controls in the interests of the environment.
Which statement do you agree with more?

The government should implement stricter controls on the amount and type of private development in Cayman to protect the current environment and culture.

Or

People should be free to buy, sell and develop private property as they see fit.

Result
54% FAVOUR RESTRICTING PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT
46% AGAINST RESTRICTING PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT
Overall, the population is in favour of restricting private development. Looking deeper at the demographics, as income rose, so did favour towards restricting private development. Females were more inclined to restrict than males, and the only age groups who were overall not in favour of imposing restrictions were 24 years old or younger. The most educated groups with bachelor or graduate degrees were most heavily in favour of imposing restrictions. In terms of nationality, Caymanians were far less in favour of restrictions on development than expatriates, and breaking this down to individual countries showed Jamaicans were the only expatriate nation to join Cayman in not favouring restrictions.
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