27 Mar 2014

New Brunswickers More Likely to Support than Oppose Recent Provincial Budget

HALIFAX: There is moderate support among New Brunswickers for the recently released 2014-2015 provincial budget, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. (CRA). Overall, one-half of New Brunswick residents support the 2014-2015 budget which forecasts a deficit of $391 million in the coming year following a $564 million deficit for 2013-2014. The budget also limits spending and focuses on maintaining existing infrastructure.

“Perhaps surprisingly, despite forecasting another large deficit, New Brunswickers are more likely to support than oppose the recently tabled budget by the PC government,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “This may help to explain the increase in support for the PCs in our most recent assessment of voter intentions, providing a boost to party fortunes as an election nears.”

Opinions of the 2014-2015 budget are consistent across the region and across various demographic subgroups.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 401 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 12 to
February 28, 2014, with overall results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO, at (902) 493-3830

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