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Take note of RJRGLEANER poll findings - Semaj

Psychologist Dr. Leachim Semaj says the government should take note of the findings of the RJRGLEANER-commissioned poll about how Jamaicans rank the country's greatest achievements since independence.

Sixty per cent of Jamaicans are of the view that sports and music outpaced other notable achievements.

Respondents placed political maturity and reducing poverty each at 1 per cent.

Mr. Semaj says the primary role of government is to increase the safety and economic opportunities of its citizens.

Speaking yesterday on Radio Jamaica's weekly news review programme, That's a Rap, he noted that successive governments over the past 60 years have failed to effectively address these areas.

Meanwhile, Dr. Semaj says the results of the RJRGLEANER poll could explain the reason for increased voter apathy.

He says many Jamaicans are shying away from voting because they are not satisfied with efforts by political parties to address the country's crime problem.

Fieldwork for the poll was conducted between July 16 and 26.

It involved interviews among 1,113 people in a nationally representative sample of persons aged 18 years and over.