09 Sep 2015

Nova Scotia Liberals the preferred party by two-to-one margin

• The Nova Scotia Liberals are the preferred party in Nova Scotia in terms of voting intentions by a two-to-one margin over other provincial parties.
• Just over one-half of Nova Scotians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.
• Premier McNeil still the preferred party leader.

HALIFAX, NS September 9, 2015:  The Nova Scotia Liberals continue to hold a wide margin over other provincial parties, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, one-half of decided voters support the Nova Scotia Liberal Party (50%, unchanged from May, 2015). Meanwhile the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP) has maintained its support after a surge last quarter, with three in ten (28%, compared with 27%) Nova Scotians preferring the party. Two in ten back the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party) (20%, compared with 19%), while two percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 3%).

The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 31 percent (compared with 33%), while six percent refuse to state a preference (unchanged), and five percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 6%).

In terms of satisfaction with the overall performance of Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government, just over one-half of residents are satisfied (54%, compared with 50% three months ago), while almost four in ten Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (36%, down from 41%). Meanwhile, nine percent (compared with 10%) do not offer a definite opinion.

When considering leader preference, support for Premier Stephen McNeil stands at 37 percent (compared with 35% three months ago), while one in ten prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (12%, down from 18%). Preference for acting leader Maureen MacDonald of the NDP rests at 20 percent (unchanged), while preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at three percent (compared with 4%). Meanwhile, two in ten (20%, compared with 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while eight percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 6%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 802 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 6 to September 2, 2015 with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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