06 Dec 2016

NS Liberals remain the preferred party by a comfortable margin

  • NS Liberals continue to be the preferred party by a comfortable margin
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government is down slightly this quarter
  • Premier McNeil continues to be the preferred party leader by a comfortable yet smaller margin

HALIFAX, NS December 6, 2016: The Nova Scotia Liberal Party continues to be the preferred party in the province, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Specifically, nearly six in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (56%, unchanged from August 2016). Meanwhile, preference for the Progressive Conservative Party rests at 20 percent (compared with 22%), two in ten prefer the New Democratic Party (19%, unchanged), and four percent support the Green Party (compared with 2%).

The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 29 percent (compared with 28%), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 7%), and three percent either support none of these parties or do not plan to vote (unchanged).

Just over one-half of Nova Scotians are satisfied with the performance of Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government, down from three months ago (53%, down from 58% in August 2016), while four in ten Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (39%, compared with 35% last quarter). Meanwhile, eight percent (compared with 7%) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of leader preference, four in ten support Premier Stephen McNeil, down from three months ago (38%, down from 43%), while two in ten prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (20%, compared with 18%). Support for Gary Burrill of the NDP rests at 11 percent (compared with 14%), while preference for Thomas Trappenberg of the Green Party stands at five percent (compared with 2%). Meanwhile, two in ten (20%, compared with 16%) do not offer a definite opinion, and four percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 7%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 801 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 3 to November 29, 2016 with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.


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Amanda Bates