03 Sep 2014

Honeymoon with McNeil Liberals Continues

HALIFAX:  The NS Liberals maintain a wide lead over other parties in terms of voting intentions, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, over six in ten NS residents support the Liberal Party (63%, compared with 57% in May 2014). Two in ten Nova Scotians support the PC Party (20%, compared with 21%), while 14 percent of residents support the NDP (down from 19%). Three percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 28 percent (compared with 31%), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and six percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (unchanged).

Nova Scotians continue to be satisfied with the performance of their provincial government. Six in ten residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the McNeil government (61%, compared with 62% three months ago), while one-quarter of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (24%, compared with 25%). Meanwhile, 15 percent (compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion, while one percent say it is too soon to tell (compared with 2%).

When considering leader preference, support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party stands at 48 percent (compared with 45% three months ago), while two in ten prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (19%, compared with 18%). Preference for acting leader Maureen MacDonald of the NDP rests at nine percent (compared with 13%), while preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at three percent (compared with 2%). Over one in ten (13%, compared with 15%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while seven percent prefer none of these leaders (unchanged).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 803 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 7 to September 1, 2014 with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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

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CRA Corporate Research Associates