03 Jun 2014

Nova Scotians Remain Satisfied with Provincial Government

HALIFAX:  Nova Scotians continue to be satisfied with the performance of the NS provincial government, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, six in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the McNeil government (62%, compared with 58% in February 2014), while one-quarter Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (25%, compared with 20%). Meanwhile, 11 percent (compared with 14%) do not offer a definite opinion, while two percent say it is too soon to tell (2%, down from 8%).

In terms of decided voting intentions, the provincial Liberals continue to hold a wide lead over the other parties. More specifically, almost six in ten NS residents support the Liberal Party (57%, compared with 60% in February 2014). Two in ten Nova Scotians support the PC Party (21%, compared with 20%), while 19 percent of residents support the NDP (compared with 18%). Three percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 2%) and less than one percent prefer a party other than the above mentioned (unchanged). The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 31 percent (compared with 27%), while six percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 4%), and six percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 7%).

When considering leader preferences, support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party stands at 45 percent (compared with 50% three months ago), while two in ten prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (18%, compared with 15%). Preference for acting leader Maureen MacDonald of the NDP rests at 13 percent (compared with 12%), while preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at two percent (unchanged). One in six (15%, unchanged) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while seven percent prefer none of these leaders (compared from 6%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 8 to May 27, 2014, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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