11 Mar 2013
NL NDP Surges to Tie PCs in Voter Support
HALIFAX: Overall satisfaction with the performance of the provincial PC government declined this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, under one-half (45%, down from 58% three months ago) of residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. Meanwhile, over one-half (52%, up from 37%) are dissatisfied with the performance of the current government, while three percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 4%).
Support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party declined, with four in ten decided voters backing the PCs (38%, down from 46% in November 2012), which is tied with support for the NDP (39%, up from 31%). Support for the Liberals is stable at 22 percent (compared with 23%), while less than one percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). One-quarter are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (26%, compared with 27%).
PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity also declined this quarter (32%, compared with 36% three months ago), while one-third prefer Lorraine Michael of the NDP as Premier of the province (33%, compared with 29%). Support for interim leader Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party rests at 17 percent (compared with 18%), while under two in ten like none of these leaders or have no definite opinion at this time (18%, compared with 16%).
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 11 to March 8, 2013 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.
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