07 Jun 2012

NL Government Satisfaction Declines Sharply but Remains Highest in the Region

HALIFAX: Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government has declined, resting at the lowest level since 2004, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, six in ten (60%, down from 73% three months ago) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. One-third (33%, up from 21%) are dissatisfied with the current government, while seven percent do not offer a definite opinion (unchanged). While NL government satisfaction is down this quarter, it nonetheless remains the highest of any provincial government in Atlantic Canada. The decline in satisfaction with government corresponds with a decline in consumer confidence in the province in the last quarter.

Support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party also decreased. One-half of decided voters back the PCs (49%, down from 54% in February 2012), while support for the NDP continues to increase (33%, up from 28%). Just under two in ten (18%, unchanged) prefer the Liberals, while less than one percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). Three in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (30%, up from 21%).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity declined this quarter (44%, down from 48% three months ago). Preference for Lorraine Michael of the NDP is stable (23%, compared with 22%), while support for interim leader Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party rests at 12 percent (compared with 13%). Two in ten like none of these leaders or have no definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 802 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 10 to June 4, 2012 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples. 

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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CRA Corporate Research Associates