21 Dec 2005

Samoa's opposition leader heads second poll on preferred PM

11:27 am on 21 December 2005

Samoa's opposition leader, Le Mamea Ropati, has again topped a Samoa newspaper poll on the preferred choice for the next Prime Minister.

The Samoa Observer asked 200 people which of the three party leaders running in next year's elections was their preferred Prime Minister.

Le Mamea received 76 votes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele got 60 votes and Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong of the Samoa Party received 24 votes.

Forty of those questioned did not vote for any of the three party leaders.

Of that group, 13 preferred current Deputy PM Misa Telefoni even though his name was not included in the choices.

Twenty-seven were undecided.

In an earlier poll conducted by the paper, Le Mamea received 81 votes, Tuilaepa 54 and Su'a 27.

Misa polled 23 votes even though his name was not included in that poll.