28 Mar 2017

Federal Liberals experience declines in support and satisfaction this quarter

  • Majority of Atlantic Canadians are satisfied with the performance of the federal government despite a decline in satisfaction this quarter.
  • Support for the Liberal Party has declined in Atlantic Canada for the second consecutive quarter, although the Party is still strongly favoured in the region.
  • Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party continues to be preferred as Prime Minister despite a decline in support this quarter.

HALIFAX, NS March 28, 2017: A majority of Atlantic Canadians remain satisfied with the performance of the federal government despite declines in overall satisfaction, voting intentions, and leadership preference, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. 

Specifically, two-thirds (65%, down from 73% in November 2016) of residents are satisfied with the performance of the federal government, while three in ten are dissatisfied (28%, up from 20%), and six percent do not offer a definite opinion (unchanged).

In terms of voting intentions, preference for the Liberal Party of Canada has declined for the second consecutive quarter, as six in ten (62%, down from 68% three months ago, and 74% in August 2016) decided voters express support for the Liberals. In addition, two in ten prefer the Conservative Party of Canada (22%, up from 18%), while backing for the NDP stands at 12 percent (compared with 11%), and preference for the Green Party of Canada rests at four percent (compared with 3%). One-third (33%, up from 29%) of 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 54 percent (down from with 62% in November 2016). Meanwhile, preference for interim leader Rona Ambrose of the Conservative Party of Canada is stable (14%, compared with 12%). Backing for Thomas Mulcair of the NDP stands at 11 percent (up from 8%), while Elizabeth May of the Green Party is preferred by six percent (compared with 5%).

“Not unexpectedly, satisfaction and support for the federal government has dropped from their lofty levels over the past three months,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Nevertheless, a solid majority continue to be satisfied with the performance of the federal government in Atlantic Canada, and the Liberals maintain a wide lead in both party support and preference for Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister.”

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 February 2 to March 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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For more information, please contact:

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

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