James Debono 65% of respondents in MaltaToday’s latest survey want to see new faces in the Cabinet, but just 25% of respondents could mention a potential candidate for minister.
Former Sliema mayor Robert Arrigo, an MP since 2003, got the highest support (11%) from those who proposed a new minister. Arrigo was returned from two electoral districts in 2008 and emerged as the PN’s frontrunner in the tenth district.
Support for giving the tourism entrepreneur a ministerial post came from Nationalists and Labour voters alike, with 12% and 14% respectively of respondents.
Interestingly, outspoken Nationalist backbencher Franco Debono – who recently denied rumours of crossing the floor over to Labour – has turned out to be more favoured by Labour voters. 6% say he should be made minister, but only 1% of PN voters said likewise.
An equal number of Nationalist and Labour voters (3.5%) want Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando.
But it is Nationalist whip David Agius who is the second most favoured (7%), after Arrigo, by PN voters. Beppe, son of former prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami, got 3.5% in preferences from PN voters.
Overall, Labour voters were more keen on seeing new faces than PN voters (77%).
But a staggering 56% of PN voters said they wanted new faces in the Cabinet, putting a question mark on Lawrence Gonzi’s decision for a streamlined Cabinet of eight ministers and six parliamentary secretaries.
Respondents were not prompted with any names, and it was up to them to mention a backbencher’s name.