28 Sep 2016

Islanders divided on reforming provincial voting system

  • PEI residents are divided in terms of reforming the provincial election voting system
  • Kings County residents are more likely to favour the current voting system

HALIFAX, NS September 28, 2016: A plebiscite on electoral reform will take place this fall which will ask Islanders how they would prefer to vote in provincial elections. When asked if the province should keep or change the current voting system, a large minority of PEI residents support keeping the current voting system, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, just under one-half (46%) of PEI residents feel the current voting system should continue, while four in ten (39%) mention that it should be changed. Meanwhile, one in seven (14%) do not offer an opinion on the matter. Regionally, residents in Kings County are more likely to prefer keeping the current voting system, as compared to residents elsewhere on the Island.

“A plurality of Islanders appear to support the status quo in terms of elections,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “The complexity of explaining various alternate voting methods only serves to confuse the issue of electoral reform.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 301 adult PEI residents, conducted from August 9 to August 31, 2016, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 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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Amanda Bates