07 Mar 2007

Nova Scotia PCs and NDP Tied In Terms Of Voter Support

HALIFAX: The PCs and NDP are once again tied in terms of voter support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, the opposition NDP has the backing of close to four in ten decided voters (36%, compared with 37% in November 2006), while support for the Progressive Conservatives stands at 35 percent (compared with 32% three months ago).  One-quarter (25%, compared with 26%) of decided residents back the Liberals, while 3 percent (compared with 4%) prefer the Green Party.

Backing for the NDP remains highest in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) (46%), with the Liberals performing best in Cape Breton (40%).  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive the highest level of support in mainland NS outside of the HRM (41%).

PC leader Rodney MacDonald’s personal popularity has stabilized this quarter.  Presently, MacDonald has the support of approximately one-quarter of Nova Scotians (27%, compared with 24% three months ago).  NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of three in ten (30%, compared with 31%) residents, while support for the next leader of the Liberal Party is unchanged at 16 percent.  Two in ten Nova Scotians (20%, compared with 23%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders or name another person (7%, compared with 6%).

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government continues to decline.  Presently, just over one-half (52%, down from 56% in November 2006) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while close to four in ten (37%, up from 33%) are dissatisfied.  One in ten (11%, unchanged) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 805 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 12 to March 1, 2007, with results accurate to within +3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates