10 Sep 2015

New Brunswick Liberal Party still the preferred party although government faced with significant level of dissatisfaction

• Support for the New Brunswick Liberals is stable this quarter, however, more New Brunswickers are uncertain about the party or candidate they support.
• One-half of New Brunswick residents are currently dissatisfied with the performance of the provincial government, unchanged from three months ago.
• Premier Brian Gallant’s personal popularity is stable this quarter.

HALIFAX, NS September 10, 2015: The New Brunswick Liberals are the preferred party although more residents this quarter are undecided in terms of voting intentions, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

The New Brunswick Liberal Party continues to be the preferred party, with over one-third of New Brunswick decided voters supporting the party (36%, compared with 38% in May 2015). Meanwhile, one-quarter of residents support the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP) (25%, compared with 23%), and three in ten back the PC Party of New Brunswick (PC) (28%, unchanged). Green Party of New Brunswick support is also stable (10%, compared with 11%), while two percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 1%). The number of residents who are undecided rests at 33 percent (up from 27%), while seven percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 5%), and four percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 6%).

One-half of New Brunswickers are dissatisfied with the performance of the provincial government (50%, unchanged from three months ago). Meanwhile, four in ten New Brunswick residents are satisfied (38%, compared with 41%), while 13 percent do not offer an opinion on the matter (up from 9%).

Premier Brian Gallant’s personal popularity is stable this quarter, with one-quarter of New Brunswick residents preferring Gallant for Premier (26%, compared with 29%), while support for PC interim leader Bruce Fitch stands at 16 percent (compared with 18%). Meanwhile NDP leader Dominic Cardy is preferred by one in seven (14%, compared with 19%), while one in ten (10%, compared with 11%) prefer David Coon of the Green Party. Meanwhile, four percent (compared with 3%) prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Six percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (unchanged), while 25 percent (up from 15%) 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 810 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 10 to September 2, 2015, with overall results accurate to within ±3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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