05 Dec 2012

Islanders Continue to be Dissatisfied with the Liberal Government

HALIFAX:  Consistent with the past two quarters, more Islanders are dissatisfied than satisfied with the performance of the Ghiz Government, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over four in ten (43%, compared with 40% in August 2012) residents are satisfied with the provincial government, while one-half express dissatisfaction (51%, compared with 53%). Seven percent (unchanged) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

In terms of voting intentions, over four in ten decided voters back the governing Liberal Party (45%, compared with 42% three months ago), while three in ten support the Progressive Conservative Party (28%, compared with 32%). Meanwhile, support for the NDP stands at 22 percent (compared with 18%), continuing a year long increase in support for the party. Backing for the Green Party rests at five percent (compared with 8%), while the number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion stands at 40 percent (compared with 35%).

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity is stable this quarter. Presently, over one-third (36%, compared with 33% three months ago) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while Olive Crane, leader of the PC Party, has the backing of two in ten Islanders (19%, compared with 24%). Support for Mike Redmond of the NDP stands at 15 percent (compared with 11%), continuing a year long increase in support on this measure. Support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party stands at eight percent (compared with 5%), while one percent prefer the next leader of the Island Party of PEI (unchanged). Less than one in ten (7%, compared with 8%) prefer none of these leaders, while 14 percent (compared with 19%) are undecided or do not offer a response at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 600 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from November 8 to December 1, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.  
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