21 Jun 2017

Federal Liberals continue to ride high in polls across Atlantic Canada

  • Majority of Atlantic Canadians are satisfied with the performance of the federal government despite a decline in satisfaction for the second consecutive quarter.
  • Support for the Liberal Party has stabilized, following two consecutive quarters of declines.
  • Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party continues to be preferred as Prime Minister despite a decline in support for the second consecutive quarter.

HALIFAX, NS June 21, 2017: A majority of Atlantic Canadians remain satisfied with the performance of the federal government despite declines in overall satisfaction and leadership preference for the second consecutive quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. 

Specifically, six in ten (61%, down from 65% in February 2017, and 73% in November 2016) residents are satisfied with the performance of the federal government, while three in ten are dissatisfied (31%, compared with 28% in February 2017), and eight percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 6%).

In terms of voting intentions, preference for the Liberal Party of Canada has stabilized after declining for two consecutive quarters, as six in ten (59%, compared with 62% three months ago) decided voters express support for the Liberals. Meanwhile, one-quarter prefer the Conservative Party of Canada (24%, compared with 22%), and backing for the NDP stands at 13 percent (compared with 12%). Preference for the Green Party of Canada rests at three percent (compared with 4%). Nearly four in ten (37%, up from 33%) residents in the region are undecided, refuse to state a preference, or do not plan to vote.

With regards to leader preference, support for Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party of Canada has declined to 50 percent (down from 54% in February 2017, and 62% in November 2016). Meanwhile, prior to the election of newly chosen leader Andrew Scheer, preference for interim leader Rona Ambrose of the Conservative Party of Canada was stable (16%, compared with 14% in February 2017). Backing for Thomas Mulcair of the NDP stands at 10 percent (compared with 11%), while Elizabeth May of the Green Party is preferred by five percent (compared with 6%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1511 adult Atlantic Canadians 18 years of age or older, conducted from May 4 to June 1, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 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. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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

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