05 Jun 2018

NB Liberals continue to enjoy comfortable lead as election nears

  • Voter support for the New Brunswick Liberal Party is stable this quarter, maintaining its position as the preferred party in the province
  • Consistent with last quarter, one-half of residents express satisfaction with the performance of the New Brunswick government
  • Premier Brian Gallant continues to be the preferred party leader in the province

HALIFAX, NS June 5, 2018: The New Brunswick Liberal Party continues to hold a comfortable lead over other provincial parties in terms of voter support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, over four in ten New Brunswick decided voters support the Liberals (45%, compared with 43% in February 2018). Meanwhile, three in ten decided voters back the PC Party (31%, compared with 30%), and one in eight support the New Democratic Party (13%, unchanged). Green Party support has declined this quarter (7%, down from 11%), while four percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 3%).

The number of residents who are undecided rests at 31 percent (compared with 33% three months ago), while six percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 4%), and four percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 3%).

In terms of government performance, satisfaction is stable, as one-half of New Brunswickers are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (50%, compared with 52% three months ago), while four in ten are dissatisfied (39%, compared with 38%), and ten percent do not offer an opinion on the matter (compared with 9%).

With regards to leader preference, support for Premier Brian Gallant rests at 32 percent (unchanged from February 2018), while preference for PC leader Blaine Higgs stands at 20 percent (compared with 19%), and support for Green Party leader David Coon is at 11 percent (compared with 12%). Meanwhile, NDP leader Jennifer McKenzie is backed by nine percent (compared with 8%), and Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick is preferred by four percent (compared with 5%). Finally, five percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (compared with 3%), while 19 percent (compared with 21%) do not offer a definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from May 10 to 31, 2018, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 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.

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