19 Sep 2018

Majority of residents lack confidence in NB government’s ability to manage financial affairs moving forward

  • Six in ten New Brunswick residents lack confidence in the provincial government’s ability to manage the province’s financial affairs moving forward, while four in ten express confidence in the government’s ability in this regard
  • New Brunswick residents 35 years of age or older are more likely than their younger counterparts to lack confidence in the government’s ability to manage the province’s finances moving forward

HALIFAX, NS September 19, 2018: A majority of residents lack confidence in the New Brunswick government’s ability to manage the province’s financial affairs moving forward, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Recent statements by the New Brunswick Auditor-General have raised concerns about the future financial stability of the province, despite the provincial government indicating a $67 million surplus during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. All things considered, six in ten (60%) New Brunswick residents are not very or not at all confident in the government’s ability to manage the province’s financial affairs moving forward. Meanwhile, four in ten (38%) residents are completely or mostly confident in the provincial government’s ability in this regard, and three percent do not have an opinion on the matter. Of note, residents 35 years of age or older are more likely than their younger counterparts to lack confidence in the provincial government’s ability to manage New Brunswick’s financial affairs moving forward.

“Given the performance of the economy in New Brunswick recently, it is hardly surprising that the population has limited confidence in the provincial government’s ability to manage the province’s finances moving forward,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Political parties continue to make the misleading promise to create jobs and grow the economy when the best governments can do is create the conditions for job creation and economic growth.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 405 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 27 to September 9, 2018, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 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. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

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

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