07 Mar 2012

NL Government Satisfaction Remains High

HALIFAX: Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government is stable and continues to be high, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, three-quarters (73%, compared with 75% in November 2011) of residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. Two in ten (21%, up from 16%) are dissatisfied with the current government, while seven percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 8%).

Despite high levels of government satisfaction, support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party decreased. In terms of voting intentions, over one-half (54%, down from 60% three months ago) of decided voters back the PCs, while support for the NDP has been steadily increasing over the past year (28%, compared with 26% in November 2011, 24% in August 2011, and 8% one year ago). Just under two in ten (18%, up from 13%) prefer the Liberals, while less than one percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). Two in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (21% compared with 24%).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity declined this quarter (48%, down from 59% three months ago). Preference for the next leader of the Liberal party increased slightly and rests at 13 percent (compared with 8%), while backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is stable and rests at 22 percent (compared with 21%). Sixteen percent 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 400 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from February 13 to February 29, 2012 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples. 

For more information, please contact:  Margaret Brigley, Executive Vice President, at (902) 493-3830.

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Amanda Bates