05 Sep 2008

NL PCs Continue to Ride High in the Polls

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to show strong support for the ruling provincial PC Party, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just under eight in ten (78%, compared with 77% in May 2008) of decided voters back the PCs, while 14 percent (compared with 13%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (7%, compared with 8%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference has increased, and now stands at 21 percent (compared with 17%).

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity also remains high at 77 percent (compared with 78% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 8 percent (compared with 7%) and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is unchanged at 6 percent.  Nine percent (compared with 7%) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains high. Presently, 86 percent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (compared with 87% in May 2008). Only one in ten (12%, compared with 10%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 2 percent (compared with 3%) do not offer a 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 August 12 to August 30, 2008, with results for the province accurate to within +3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 722-3100.

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Amanda Bates