04 Sep 2013

NS Liberals Still Ahead Although Gap Narrows

HALIFAX:  The provincial Liberals continue to lead in terms of voter support this quarter although the gap has narrowed, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Three in ten Nova Scotians support the NDP (31%, compared with 26% in May 2013), while support for the Liberal Party rests at 41 percent (compared with 45%). Support among decided voters for the PC Party is stable at 25 percent (compared with 26%), while three percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged) and less than one percent prefer another party other than the above mentioned (unchanged). The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 41 percent (compared with 43%), while seven percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and five percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 6%).

In terms of government satisfaction, just over four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (42%, compared with 40% in May 2013). Under one-half of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied with the performance of the NDP Government (45%, down from 49%) while 13 percent (compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity is stable, resting at 19 percent (compared with 18% three months ago). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party stands at 30 percent (compared with 31%), while two in ten back Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (19%, compared with 18%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at four percent (compared with 2%). Nearly one-quarter of Nova Scotians (23%, unchanged) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while six percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 8%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1601 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 8 to August 31, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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