06 Sep 2011

NL PCs Lead by a Wide Margin Going Into Election

HALIFAX: Support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party is largely unchanged, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over one-half (54%, compared with 57% three months ago) of decided voters back the PCs, while support for the NDP has increased slightly (24%, up from 20%) in a virtual tie with the Liberals. Two in ten (22%, unchanged) prefer the Liberals, while none prefer the Green Party (unchanged). One-quarter are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (26%, compared with 23%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government increased this quarter. Currently, three-quarters (76%, up from 71% in May 2011) of residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. Under two in ten (16%, compared with 17%) are dissatisfied with the current government, while two percent feel it is still too soon to tell (unchanged), and six percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 9%).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity is stable (50%, compared with 51% three months ago). Preference for new Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward remains unchanged compared with last quarter when Yvonne Jones was leader (16%). Backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael has increased slightly and now rests at 17 percent (up from 14%). Just under 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 400 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from August 15 to August 31, 2011 with overall results for the province accurate to within + 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples. 

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Amanda Bates