10 Jun 2011

Nova Scotia NDP Support Increases In Wake Of Federal Election

HALIFAX: Support for the provincial NDP has increased this quarter according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, four in ten of decided voters prefer the NDP (42%, up from 34% in February 2011), while support for the Liberal Party has decreased (22%, down from 35%). Support for the PC Party has increased (31%, up from 26%), while four percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). Those with no stated preference included those who were undecided (29%), do not plan to vote (4%), or refuse to state a preference (7%).

Satisfaction with the government remains stable, with just under one-half of Nova Scotia residents satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (47%, compared with 44%). Four in ten are dissatisfied (39%, down from 45%), while 13 percent (compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity has increased compared with three months ago, with three in ten residents preferring Dexter for Premier (28%, up from 23%). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party has decreased (20%, down from 26%), while support for Jamie Baillie of the PC Party has increased and rests at 21 percent (up from 13%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at three percent (compared with 2%), while preference for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party remains unchanged. Under two in ten Nova Scotians (23%, compared with 27%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (5%, down from 8%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 9 to May 30, 2011, with results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 493-3838.


Amanda Bates