05 Sep 2013

NL Liberal Party Continues to Gain Momentum, Gap Widens

HALIFAX: The NL Liberal party continues to widen the gap between the governing PCs and NDP, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, one-quarter of decided voters back the governing Progressive Conservative Party (26%, compared with 27% in May 2013). Meanwhile, support for the Liberals rests at four in ten residents (41%, compared with 36%), while one-third of residents support the NDP (33%, compared with 37%), and less than one percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). The number of residents who are undecided rests at 24 percent (down from 30%), while two percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 1%), and three percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).

In terms of overall satisfaction with the performance of the provincial PC government, currently three in ten (31%, compared with 32% three months ago) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds (64%, compared with 63%) of residents are dissatisfied with the performance of the current government, while five percent do not offer a definite opinion (unchanged).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity rests at 22 percent (compared with 21% three months ago), while over one-third prefer Lorraine Michael of the NDP as Premier of the province (35%, compared with 36%). Support for interim leader Eddy Joyce of the Liberal Party rests at 21 percent (compared with 24% when Dwight Ball was interim leader), while over two in ten like none of these leaders or have no definite opinion at this time (22%, compared with 19%).

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 August 8 to August 31, 2013 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 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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CRA Corporate Research Associates