05 Sep 2018
NB residents differ on political parties best suited to address key policy issues
- The Liberal Party is most likely to be identified as the party that would do the best job in terms of improving the quality of education and health care
- The Liberal Party and PC Party are nearly equally as likely to be named as the best party for growing the economy and developing New Brunswick’s natural resources
- The Green Party is most likely to be viewed as the party that would do the best job in terms of protecting the environment
HALIFAX, NS September 5, 2018: With the September 24th New Brunswick election approaching, there is varying opinion on which political party would do the best job in terms of important policy issues, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Specifically, the Liberal Party is most likely to be chosen as the party that would do the best job in terms of improving the quality of public education (31%, compared with 20% for the PC Party) and improving health care (27%, compared with 20% for the PC Party). Meanwhile, the Liberal Party and the PC Party are almost equally as likely to be named as the best party for growing the economy (29% for the Liberal Party, compared with 25% for the PC Party) and developing the province’s natural resources (25% for the PC Party, compared with 21% for the Liberal Party). In terms of protecting the environment, the Green Party (34%, compared with 20% for the Liberal Party and 12% for the PC Party) is most often named as the party that would do the best job in this regard.
Of note, a notable minority of residents are undecided or do not have a definite opinion on each issue.
“It should be noted that one-third of the population is unable to determine which party would do the best job on any of the issues evaluated. This provides the parties with a further opportunity to distinguish themselves from the other parties on key policy issues,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “These results indicate the relative strengths of each party on the major issues facing the province of New Brunswick. Our tracking has indicated that economic issues are currently the top concerns among the general public and have been so for some time.”
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 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 15 to 30, 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.
For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838