02 Sep 2009

High Satisfaction With New Nova Scotia NDP Government

HALIFAX:  Nova Scotians are highly satisfied with the new NDP government, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, satisfaction with the overall performance of the NDP government is high, with six in ten (61%, up from 43% three months ago when the PC government was in power) residents expressing satisfaction, and only one in ten (10%, down from 48%) dissatisfied.  One in ten do not offer an opinion (12%, compared with 10%), while two in ten stated that it was too soon to tell (17%).

Currently, six in ten decided voters prefer the NDP (60%, up from 41%), while support for the PC Party declined (16%, down from 27%). Support for the Liberal Party also declined (18%, down from 29%), while six percent (compared with 2%) prefer the Green Party.  The number of Nova Scotia residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 34 percent.

Backing for the NDP is higher in HRM (66%) compared with the rest of Nova Scotia, while the Liberals receive greater support in HRM (20%) and Cape Breton (21%).  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive their greatest level of support in mainland Nova Scotia outside of the HRM (20%).

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity is high, with one-half of Nova Scotians preferring Dexter as premier (50%, up from 32% three months ago). Support for the next leader of the PC party stands at 10 percent (compared with 20% for Rodney MacDonald in May 2009), while preference for Liberal leader Stephen McNeil also declined (12%, down from 22%). Support for Ryan Watson of the Green Party is stable at 3 percent (compared with 2%). Two in ten Nova Scotians (19%, compared with 20%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (6%, compared with 4%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 804 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 6 to August  29, 2009, with results accurate to within +3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

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Amanda Bates