06 Mar 2013

NS Liberals Maintain Lead over NDP Although Margin Declines

HALIFAX:  The Provincial Liberals are again ahead of the NDP in terms of voter support this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Support for the Liberal Party is stable this quarter (39%, compared with 41% three months ago), as is support of the NDP (32%, compared with 29%). Support among decided voters for the PC Party is also stable at 24 percent (compared with 27% three months ago). Five percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 3%). Just under one-half are undecided, do not plan to vote, or do not offer a response (48%, compared with 42%).

Government satisfaction is also stable. Presently, four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (40%, compared with 42% in November 2012). One-half of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied with the performance of the NDP Government (51%, compared with 50%), while 10 percent (compared with 7%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity declined, now resting at 21 percent (down from 26% three months ago). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party also declined (26%, down from 33%), while two in ten back Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (20%, compared with 17%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at four percent (compared with 3%). Over two in ten Nova Scotians (23%, up from 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while six percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 4%).

These results are part of the CRAAtlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 801 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 7 to March 3, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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