06 Sep 2018

After rebounding last quarter, Liberals remain the most preferred political party in NS

  • The gap between the NS Liberals and the PC Party in terms of voter support has narrowed this quarter
  • After rebounding from its lowest level since the October 2013 election, satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government is stable
  • Preference for Premier McNeil remains above that of other party leaders in the province


HALIFAX, NS September 6, 2018: Three months after the Nova Scotia Liberal Party rebounded to take the lead in terms of voter support, the gap between the Liberals and the PC Party has narrowed, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, just over four in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (43%, compared with 45% in May 2018, and 37% in February 2018), and preference for the Progressive Conservative Party stands at 32 percent (compared with 29%). Meanwhile, two in ten support the New Democratic Party (21%, compared with 23%), and four percent support the Green Party (compared with 3%).

The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided stands at 34 percent (compared with 29%), while five percent either support none of these parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%), and four percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%).

Three months after rebounding from its lowest level under the current Liberal leadership, government satisfaction is stable, with nearly one-half of Nova Scotians satisfied with the performance of Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government (47%, compared with 45% in May 2018, and 38% in February 2018). Meanwhile, nearly as many Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (46%, compared with 45%), and eight percent (compared with 9%) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of leader preference, three months after the gap between the Liberal and PC Party leaders widened, Premier McNeil has maintained his position as most preferred party leader in Nova Scotia. Specifically, three in ten Nova Scotians support Premier Stephen McNeil (31%, compared with 30% in May 2018). Meanwhile, preference for interim leader Karla MacFarlane of the PC Party rests at 18 percent (compared with 20% three months ago). Support for Gary Burrill of the NDP is at 15 percent (compared with 18%), while preference for Thomas Trappenberg of the Green Party stands at five percent (compared with 4%), and backing for Ryan Smyth of the Atlantica Party remains at one percent (unchanged). Meanwhile, one-quarter (24%, compared with 21%) of residents do not offer a definite opinion, and six percent prefer none of these leaders (unchanged).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 1 to 21, 2018 with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.



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Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838

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Amanda Bates