18 Jun 2015

New Brunswickers oppose the elimination of teaching positions in recent budget

• A large majority of New Brunswick residents oppose a recent provincial budget change that results in the elimination of 249 teaching positions.
• Support for the elimination of teaching positions is higher among older residents and those in the highest household income category.

HALIFAX, NS June 18, 2015:  A majority of New Brunswick residents oppose recent changes announced in the provincial government`s 2015-2016 budget regarding the elimination of 249 teaching positions, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Eight in ten (79%) residents completely or mostly oppose the decision to eliminate 249 teaching positions in the province, while one in six (16%) mostly or completely support the measure, and four percent either do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter.

Results for this aspect of the budget are similar across the province, while across demographics, older residents and those in the highest household income category are more likely to support this measure.
“Clearly the elimination of teaching positions in the most recent Liberal government budget was not well-supported by New Brunswickers,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “The results suggest the government did not make the case for this decision.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult New Brunswick residents, conducted from May 13 to May 30, 2015, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 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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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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