02 Dec 2009

New Brunswick PC Support Rises

SAINT JOHN: Support for the New Brunswick PC Party increased this quarter according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just under one-half (46%, up from 35% three months ago) of decided voters back the PCs, while over one-third (36%, down from 41%) back the Liberals. Support for the NDP decreased, returning to levels from six months ago (14%, down from 22%), while four percent (compared with 3%) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of New Brunswick residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 42 percent (as compared to 43% in August 2009).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Liberal government declined this quarter, and stands at 42 percent (compared with 53% in August 2009). Consequently, dissatisfaction increased (51%, up from 37% three months ago).  The remaining 7 percent (compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

New Brunswickers are divided when assessing the personal popularity of the party leaders. Three in ten prefer Shawn Graham for Premier (29%, down from 35%), while a similar number prefer David Alward of the PC Party (29%, up from 21%). Backing for Roger Duguay of the NDP decreased slightly (8%, compared with 12%).  Jack MacDougall of the Green Party is preferred by three percent (compared with four percent for the next leader of the Green Party). Ten percent (compared with 5%) of New Brunswickers like none of these leaders or prefer others.  The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion is stable and currently stands at 21 percent (compared with 22%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 416 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 9 to November 30, 2009, with results accurate to within +4.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates