07 Dec 2016

New Brunswick Liberals continue to enjoy comfortable lead as preferred party

  • Just over one-half of decided voters support the New Brunswick Liberal party, consistent with last quarter
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the New Brunswick government has increased this quarter
  • Premier Brian Gallant continues to be the preferred party leader

HALIFAX, NS December 7, 2016: The New Brunswick Liberals continue to hold a wide margin over other provincial parties in terms of voter support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, preference for the New Brunswick Liberal Party is consistent with last quarter, with just over one-half of New Brunswick decided voters indicating their support for the Liberals (53%, compared with 54% in August 2016). Meanwhile, three in ten decided voters back the PC Party (30%, compared with 28%), and fewer than one in ten support the New Democratic Party (7%, compared with 8%). Green Party support is stable (9%, compared with 8%), while two percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (unchanged).

The number of residents who are undecided rests at 34 percent (compared with 32% three months ago), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and three percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).

In terms of government performance, satisfaction has increased, with more than one-half of New Brunswickers currently reporting satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government (55%, up from 49% three months ago), while one-third are now dissatisfied (34%, down from 39%). Meanwhile, one in ten do not offer an opinion on the matter (11%, compared with 12%).

With regards to leader preference, support for Premier Brian Gallant rests at 36 percent (compared with 39% in August 2016), while support for the new PC leader Blaine Higgs stands at 21 percent (up from 15% for interim leader Bruce Fitch in August 2016). Meanwhile, Green Party leader David Coon is preferred by one in ten (9%, unchanged), Dominic Cardy of the NDP is backed by one in twenty residents (6%, compared with 8%), and Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick is preferred by three percent of residents (compared with 4%). Finally, five percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (compared with 7%), while 21 percent (compared with 18%) 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 801 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 9 to November 30, 2016, 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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Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838

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Amanda Bates