08 Dec 2015

New Brunswick Liberal Party support surges post-Federal election

• Support for the New Brunswick Liberals increased significantly this quarter.
• Over one-half of New Brunswick residents are currently satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.
• Premier Brian Gallant’s personal popularity improved significantly this quarter.

HALIFAX, NS December 8, 2015: Preference for the New Brunswick Liberals improves post-Federal election, 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-half of New Brunswick decided voters supporting the party (55%, up from 36% in August 2015). Meanwhile, one in ten residents support the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP) (12%, down from 25%), and one-quarter back the PC Party of New Brunswick (25%, compared with 28%). Green Party of New Brunswick support is also stable (7%, compared with 10%), while one percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 2%). The number of residents who are undecided rests at 25 percent (down from 33%), while nine percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 7%), and three percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).
One-half of New Brunswickers are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (53%, up from 38% from three months ago). Meanwhile, four in ten New Brunswick residents are dissatisfied (36%, down from 50%), while 12 percent do not offer an opinion on the matter (up from 13%).
Premier Brian Gallant’s personal popularity improved this quarter, with four in ten New Brunswick residents preferring Gallant for Premier (39%, up from 26%), while support for PC interim leader Bruce Fitch stands at 13 percent (compared with 16%). Meanwhile NDP leader Dominic Cardy is preferred by one in twelve (8%, down from 14%), while a similar number (9%, compared with 10%) prefer David Coon of the Green Party. Meanwhile, three percent (compared with 4%) prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Seven percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (compared with 6%), while 21 percent (compared with 25%) 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 803 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 5 to November 30, 2015, with overall results accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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