09 Mar 2010

Majority Dissatisfied with Performance of the NB Liberal Government

SAINT JOHN: Satisfaction with the New Brunswick Liberal Party declined again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, one-third of New Brunswickers (34%, down from 42% in November 2009) are completely or mostly satisfied with the government, while over one-half (55%, up from 51%) are dissatisfied. Ten percent (compared with 7%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Despite this decrease in satisfaction with the provincial government, the gap between the PCs and the Liberals has actually narrowed in the past three months, with a large percentage of undecided voters still evident. Over one-third of decided voters back the Liberals (36%, unchanged from three months ago), while four in ten support the PC Party (42%, down from 46%). Support for the NDP increased slightly (18%, up from 14%), while support for the Green Party is unchanged at four percent. The number of New Brunswick residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 45 percent (as compared to 42% in November 2009).

Preference for party leader shifted slightly in February. Just under three in ten New Brunswickers prefer David Alward for Premier (27%, compared with 29%), while one-quarter prefer Shawn Graham (25%, down from 29%). Backing for Roger Duguay of the NDP stands at 11 percent (compared with 8%). Nine percent (compared with 10%) of New Brunswickers like none of these leaders or prefer others.  The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion is stable and currently stands at 23 percent (compared with 21%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 804 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 1 to February 25, 2010, with results accurate to within +3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates