04 Jun 2014

NL Government Satisfaction Continues to Improve

HALIFAX: There has been considerable improvement over the last six months in overall satisfaction with the performance of the provincial PC government, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, over six in ten (64%, up from 57% in February 2014) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the current government. Meanwhile, one-quarter (24%, compared with 20%) of residents are dissatisfied, while 11 percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 13%), and one percent believe it is too soon to tell (down from 11%).

In terms of voter support, just over one-half of decided voters continue to back the Liberal Party (53%, unchanged from February 2014), while three in ten support the governing Progressive Conservative Party (29%, compared with 33%). Meanwhile, support for the NDP rests at 16 percent (compared with 13%), while one percent prefer the Green Party and one percent favour the Labrador Party (compared with less than one percent for each). The number of residents who are undecided rests at 29 percent (compared with 26%), while two percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 3%), and five percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).

Interim Premier Tom Marshall’s personal popularity rests at 33 percent (compared with 32% three months ago), while support for Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party is stable (38%, unchanged). Preference for Lorraine Michael of the NDP rests at 11 percent (unchanged), while two in ten either prefer none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion at this time (18%, compared with 19%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents. The survey was conducted from May 12 to May 31, 2014 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

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Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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