27 Sep 2017

Federal Liberals maintain strong levels of support and satisfaction across Atlantic Canada

  • After two consecutive quarters of decline, satisfaction with the performance of the federal government has improved this quarter.
  • Support for the Liberal Party remains stable this quarter.
  • Preference for Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party is stable following two consecutive quarters of decline.

HALIFAX, NS September 27, 2017: Satisfaction with the performance of the federal government has improved after declining for two consecutive quarters, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, two-thirds (66%, up from 61% in May 2017) of residents are satisfied with the performance of the federal government, while three in ten are dissatisfied (31%, unchanged), and four percent do not offer a definite opinion (down from 8%).

In terms of voting intentions, preference for the Liberal Party of Canada remains stable, as six in ten (62%, compared with 59% three months ago) decided voters express support for the Liberals. One-quarter of decided voters prefer the Conservative Party of Canada (23%, compared with 24%), while backing for the NDP stands at 12 percent (compared with 13%), and support for the Green Party of Canada rests at four percent (compared with 3%). One-third (33%, down from 37%) 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 is stable at 53 percent (compared with 50% in May 2017), after two consecutive quarters of decline. Meanwhile, preference for newly-chosen leader Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party of Canada is consistent with preference for his predecessor last quarter (16%, unchanged from support for interim leader Rona Ambrose in May 2017). Backing for Thomas Mulcair of the NDP stands at 10 percent (unchanged), while Elizabeth May of the Green Party is preferred by seven percent (compared with 5%). One in ten (11%, down from 15%) do not offer a definite opinion, and four percent prefer none of these leaders (unchanged).

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 August 3 to September 6, 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.


For more information, please contact:

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

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