07 Mar 2012

Nova Scotia Government Satisfaction Declines

HALIFAX:  Satisfaction with the government decreased, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just under one-half of Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (48%, down from 55% in November 2011). Four in ten are dissatisfied (42%, up from 36%), while 10 percent (compared with 9%) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of voting intentions, support for the governing NDP is stable, with 44 percent of decided voters backing the NDP (compared with 45%). Support for the Liberal Party increased (27%, up from 22%), while support for the PC Party declined slightly (25%, down from 29%). Three percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 4%). Over four in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not offer a response (44%, compared with 40%).

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity decreased this quarter, with three in ten preferring Dexter for Premier (29%, down from 36%). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party is stable (21%, compared with 22%), while support for Jamie Baillie of the PC Party increased slightly (22%, up from 18%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at three percent (compared with 5%), while preference for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party remains unchanged at one percent. Just under two in ten Nova Scotians (17%, compared with 14%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (7%, compared with 5%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 806 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 8 to February 26, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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

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Amanda Bates