02 Sep 2010

Assessment of PEI Liberal Government Remains Stable

HALIFAX: Satisfaction with the provincial government is stable and remains high this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over six in ten (62%, compared with 64% in May 2010) Islanders offer a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government. The number of residents expressing dissatisfaction is also stable (28%, compared with 26%), while ten percent (compared with 9%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island remains unchanged, with six in ten decided voters favouring the Liberals (61%, unchanged from three months ago), while three in ten (30%, compared with 27%) back the PC Party. Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, compared with 8%), while two percent of decided voters prefer the Green Party. Those with no stated preference included those who were undecided (25%), do not plan to vote (5%), or refuse to state a preference (9%).

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity remains stable this quarter. Currently, over four in ten (45%, compared with 47% in May 2010) residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of less than two in ten (17%, compared with 16%) residents. Four percent (compared with 5%) favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats, while two percent (compared with 3%) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party. Meanwhile, two percent of Islanders prefer the next leader of the newly formed Island Party of PEI (unchanged). Six percent (compared with 5%) prefer none of these leaders, while one-quarter (25%, up from 21%) 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 304 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 9 to August 24, 2010, with results accurate to within + 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates