05 Dec 2012

NS Liberals Maintain Lead in Voter Support, PC Party Making Gains

HALIFAX:  The Provincial Liberals maintain the lead in voter support this quarter, while PC Party support has improved, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Support for the Liberal Party is stable this quarter (41%, unchanged), while backing of the PC Party shows improvement (27%, up from 22%). Meanwhile, support among decided voters for the governing NDP stands at 29 percent (compared with 31% three months ago). Three percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 5%). Over four in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or do not offer a response (42%, compared with 44%).

Although NDP voter support has not increased this quarter, satisfaction with the provincial government has improved slightly. Presently, just over four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (42%, up from 37% in August 2012). One-half of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied with the performance of the NDP Government (50%, compared with 54%), while seven percent (compared with 9%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity is slightly improved as compared to three months ago. One-quarter prefer Dexter for Premier (26%, compared with 23% in August 2012). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party is stable (33%, compared with 35%), while just under two in ten back Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (17%, unchanged). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at three percent (unchanged). Under two in ten Nova Scotians (17%, compared with 16%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while four percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 7%).

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 November 7 to November 30, 2012, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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