08 Mar 2011

Nova Scotia NDP Support Erodes

HALIFAX: Support for the NDP declined this quarter, and the gap between the Liberals and NDP tightens, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, one-third of decided voters prefer the NDP (34%, down from 38% in November 2010), while support for the Liberal Party increased (35%, up from 31%). Support for the PC Party is unchanged at 26 percent, while four percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). Those with no stated preference included those who were undecided (33%), do not plan to vote (6%), or refuse to state a preference (6%).

Satisfaction with the government declined slightly, with over four in ten Nova Scotia residents  satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (44%, down from 48%). A similar number are dissatisfied (45%, compared with 43%), while one in ten (11%, compared with 9%) do not offer an opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity has also declined compared with three months ago, with over two in ten residents preferring Dexter for Premier (23%, down from 31%). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party is stable (26%, compared with 27%), while support for Jamie Baillie of the PC Party decreased and rests at 13 percent (compared with 17%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at two percent (compared with 4%), while Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party is not preferred by any residents (0%, compared with 1%). Just under three in ten Nova Scotians (27%, up from 14%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (8%, compared with 6%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 804 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 7 to March 3, 2011, with results accurate to within ± 3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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

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Amanda Bates