07 Jun 2012

Nova Scotia NDP and Liberals in Statistical Tie in Voter Support

HALIFAX:  Satisfaction with the provincial government decreased again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (41%, down from 48% in February 2012 and 55% in November 2011). Just over one-half are dissatisfied (52%, up from 42%), while eight percent (compared with 10%) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of voting intentions, support for the governing NDP also declined significantly, with 35 percent of decided voters backing the NDP (down from 44% three months ago). Meanwhile, support for the Liberal Party increased (33%, up from 27%). Support for the PC Party stands at 28 percent (compared to 25%). Four percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 3%). Under four in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not offer a response (36%, down from 44%).

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity also decreased this quarter, with under one-quarter preferring Dexter for Premier (23%, down from 29%). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party increased (27%, up from 21%), while support for Jamie Baillie of the PC Party is unchanged (21%, compared with 22%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at five percent (compared with 3%), while preference for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party remains unchanged at one percent. Over one in ten Nova Scotians (14%, down from 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (9%, compared with 7%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 808 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 7 to June 4, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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