04 Sep 2013

NDP Gaining Ground in PE Voter Preference

HALIFAX:  The PE NDP has surged ahead of the PC Party, narrowing the gap between the NDP and Liberal Party in voter intentions, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Just over four in ten decided voters back the governing Liberal Party (42%, down from 52% three months ago). Meanwhile, support for the NDP stands at 32 percent (up from 21%), while 23 percent support the Progressive Conservative Party (compared with 22%), and backing for the Green Party rests at three percent (compared with 5%). The number of Islanders who are undecided rests at 25 percent (compared with 31%), while five percent refuse to state a preference (unchanged) and six percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%)

In terms of government satisfaction, presently just over four in ten (42%, compared with 45% in May 2013) residents are satisfied with the provincial government, while one-half express dissatisfaction (52%, compared with 51%). Six percent (compared with 5%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity declined this quarter. Presently, three in ten (31%, down from 38% three months ago) residents prefer Ghiz for Premier. Meanwhile, one-quarter (24%, up from 15%) support Mike Redmond of the NDP, while Interim Leader Steven Myers of the PC Party has the backing of over one in ten Islanders (13%, compared with 11%). Support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party stands at six percent (compared with 4%), while one percent prefer the next leader of the Island Party of PEI (unchanged). One in twenty (5%, down from 10%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (20%, unchanged) are undecided or do not offer an opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 8 to August 28, 2013 with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times. 
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