06 Dec 2010

New Brunswick PCs Enjoy Wide Lead In Support Over The Liberals

SAINT JOHN: Satisfaction with the performance of the new PC government is mostly favourable, with a third (33%) indicating it is too early to judge, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, nearly half of New Brunswick residents (46%) are satisfied, compared with only 11 percent who are currently dissatisfied with the government’s performance.

The provincial PCs hold a wide lead over the Liberals, with a large percentage of undecided voters still evident. Six in ten decided voters back the PCs (61%, up from 41% in September 2010 during election polling), while support for the Liberals has fallen to 25 percent (down from 36%). Support for the NDP (10%, down from 11%), and the Green Party remains stable (4%, compared with 6%). No voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 1%) this quarter. Of the remainder, two in ten are undecided (20%), while less than one in ten do not plan to vote (4%), or refuse to state a preference (7%).

Support for the new Premier is high, with over four in ten New Brunswick residents (45%, up from 22% three months ago) preferring David Alward. The next leader of the Liberal Party is preferred by just over one in ten residents (15%, down from 29%), while support for the next leader of the NDP is stable (6%, compared with 8%). Five percent prefer Jack MacDougall of the Green Party (unchanged), while only two percent prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 3%) as Premier. Less than one in ten New Brunswick residents like none of these leaders or prefer others (5%, compared with 6%), while just under one-quarter do not offer a definite opinion (23%, down from 28%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 404 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 15 to December 1, 2010, with overall results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates