07 Sep 2006

New Brunswickers Divided In Their Opinions Of Gasoline Price Regulation

SAINT JOHN: New Brunswickers offer roughly equal levels of support for and opposition to provincial gasoline price regulation, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, four in ten residents either support (42%) or oppose (40%) gasoline price regulation, while close to one in ten (7%) state they will only support regulation if it results in lower prices.  One in ten (11%) residents do not offer a definite opinion at this time.   Moncton and area residents are more likely to support, rather than oppose price regulation, while those who live in northern and southern New Brunswick are equally likely to support or oppose regulation.

When asked about the impact of price regulation on gasoline prices over the next year, close to one-half (47%) of those surveyed believe regulation will result in higher prices.  One-quarter (26%) think gasoline prices will not change, while two in ten (20%) are of the opinion price regulation will lead to lower gasoline prices.  Close to one in ten (7%) residents do not offer an opinion on the matter.
Residents of northern New Brunswick are most likely, while those who live in the southern region are least likely to indicate gasoline price regulation will result in higher gasoline prices over the next year.

“New Brunswickers are clearly mixed in their opinions of gas regulation and nearly evenly divided between those in support and those in opposition to the regulations,” according to Don Mills, President and CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc.  “A plurality of residents expect prices to be higher in the next year under regulation than otherwise would be the case, with those living in Northern New Brunswick most likely to expect higher prices.”

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These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 17 to August 30, 2006, with results accurate to within (4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.