13 Mar 2017

New Brunswick Liberals continue to enjoy comfortable lead as preferred party

  • One-half of decided voters support the New Brunswick Liberal Party, consistent with last quarter
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the New Brunswick government is stable this quarter
  • Premier Brian Gallant continues to be the preferred party leader

HALIFAX, NS March 13, 2017: 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 one-half of New Brunswick decided voters indicating their support for the Liberals (51%, compared with 53% in November 2016). Meanwhile, three in ten decided voters back the PC Party (30%, unchanged), and one in ten support the New Democratic Party (12%, up from with 7%). Green Party support has declined this quarter (5%, down from 9%), while two percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (unchanged).

The number of residents who are undecided rests at 31 percent (compared with 34% three months ago), while four percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 5%), and four percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 3%).

In terms of government performance, satisfaction is stable, with just over one-half of New Brunswickers reporting satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government (55%, unchanged from three months ago), while just over one-third are dissatisfied (36%, compared with 34%). Meanwhile, one in ten do not offer an opinion on the matter (9%, compared with 11%).

With regards to leader preference, support for Premier Brian Gallant rests at 35 percent (compared with 36% in November 2016), while support for PC leader Blaine Higgs stands at 22 percent (compared with 21% three months ago). Meanwhile, Green Party leader David Coon is preferred by one in ten (8%, compared with 9%), interim leader Rosaire L’Italien of the NDP is backed by a similar number (8%, compared with 6% for Dominic Cardy in November 2016), and Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick is preferred by four percent of residents (compared with 3%). Finally, five percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (unchanged), while 20 percent (compared with 21%) 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 807 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 7 to March 1, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.4 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

Margaret Brigley, CRA President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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Amanda Bates