06 Sep 2011

Nova Scotia NDP Support is Stable

HALIFAX:  Support for the provincial NDP is stable, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, four in ten of decided voters prefer the NDP (41%, compared with 42% in May 2011), while support for the Liberal Party has increased slightly (26%, up from 22%). Support for the PC Party is stable (30%, compared with 31%), while four percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). Four in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not offer a response (40%, compared with 41%).

Satisfaction with the government is largely unchanged this quarter, with one-half of Nova Scotia residents satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (49%, compared with 47%). Four in ten are dissatisfied (39%, unchanged), while 11 percent (compared with 13%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity is up slightly compared with three months ago, with three in ten residents preferring Dexter for Premier (31% compared with 28%). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party is up somewhat (23%, compared with 20%), while support for Jamie Baillie of the PC Party has declined to 17 percent (down from 21%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at five percent (compared with 3%), while preference for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party remains unchanged. Under two in ten Nova Scotians (18%, compared with 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (6%, down from 5%).

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 August 9 to August 31, 2011, with overall 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.

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Amanda Bates