08 Jan 2013
Federal Liberal Party Rebounds in Atlantic Canada
HALIFAX: The Federal Liberals have taken the lead in voter support in Atlantic Canada this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Liberals have improved their standings in all four Atlantic Provinces. Support for the Liberal Party has increased this quarter (36%, up from 23% in November 2011), taking the lead in voter intentions in Atlantic Canada for the first time since August 2010. Backing of the governing Conservative Party is down (30%, down from 39% a year earlier), while support among decided voters for the NDP stands at 30 percent (down from 36% one year ago). Four percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 2% one year ago). Meanwhile, over four in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or do not offer a response (44%, compared with 41% one year ago).
One-quarter of Atlantic Canadians (24%, up from 13% one year ago) would prefer Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae as Prime Minister, while three in ten (28%, compared with 30%) back current Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Support for Thomas Mulcair of the NDP is stable despite a decline in party support (22%, unchanged), while backing for Elizabeth May of the Green Party stands at 7 percent (up from 4%).
Satisfaction with the Conservative Party has declined over the last year. Specifically, less than four in ten decided voters are satisfied with the current performance of the Conservative Party (37%, down from 49% in November 2011). Almost six in ten Atlantic Canadians are dissatisfied with the performance of the Conservative Government (57%, up from 43% one year ago), while seven percent (compared with 9%) do not offer a definite opinion.
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1500 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from November 7 to December 1, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830