03 Jun 2010

Little Change In Assessment Of PEI Liberal Government

HALIFAX: Satisfaction with the provincial government remains high this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, two-thirds (64%, down from 67% in February 2010) of Islanders offer a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government. The number of residents expressing dissatisfaction is stable (26%, compared with 27%), while nine percent (compared with 6%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island also is at a high level this quarter, with six in ten (61%, compared with 64% three months ago) decided voters favouring the Liberals, while less than three in ten (27%, compared with 26%) back the PC Party. Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (8%, compared with 6%), while three percent of decided voters prefer the Green Party. Additionally, one percent offer their support to the new Island Party of PEI. The number of Prince Edward Island residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 42 percent (up from 37% three months ago).

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity remains stable this quarter. Currently, less than one-half (47%, compared with 48% in February 2010) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of less than two in ten (16%, compared with 17%) residents. Five percent (compared with 7%) favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats, while three percent (compared with 4%) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party. Meanwhile, two percent of Islanders prefer the next leader of the newly formed Island Party of PEI. Five percent (compared with 7%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (21%, compared with 18%) are undecided 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 604 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 12 to May 29, 2010, with results accurate to within + 4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates