PEI Liberal Support Decreases In Wake Of Federal Election
HALIFAX: Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island has decreased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, one-half of decided voters back the Liberal Party (51%, down from 62% in February 2011), while one-third support the Progressive Conservative Party (35%, up from 25%). Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (13%, compared with 11%), while support for the Green Party remains unchanged (2%). The number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion decreased to 40 percent (down from 45%).
Government satisfaction remains high, with seven in ten (69%, up from with 63% three months ago) residents satisfied with the provincial government. The number of residents expressing dissatisfaction has decreased (25%, down from 29%), while five percent (compared with 8%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.
Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity remains stable this quarter. Presently, under one-half (48%, compared with 46% in February 2011) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while Olive Crane, leader of the PC Party, has the backing of two in ten Islanders (19%, unchanged). Support for Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party remains stable (1%, compared with 2%), while five percent (compared with 3%) favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats. Meanwhile, none prefer Billy Cann, the new leader of the Island Party of PEI (compared with 1% for the next leader of the party three months ago). Six percent (compared with 9%) prefer none of these leaders, while 21 percent (compared with 20%) are undecided at this time.
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 10 to May 26, 2011, with results accurate to within ± 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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