10 Jun 2013

NS Liberals Widen Lead Although Many Voters Still Undecided

HALIFAX:  The provincial Liberals have widened their lead ahead of the NDP and PC Party in terms of voter support this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Support for the Liberal Party has increased over the past three months (45%, up from 39% in February 2013), while support for the NDP has declined (26%, down from 32%). Support among decided voters for the PC Party is stable at 26 percent (compared with 24% three months ago). Three percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 5%). Over one-half are undecided, do not plan to vote, or do not offer a response (55%, up from 48%), an unusually high number at this junction in the electoral cycle.

Government satisfaction is also stable. Presently, four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (40%, unchanged since February 2013). One-half of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied with the performance of the NDP Government (49%, compared with 51%), while 11 percent (compared with 10%) do not offer a definite opinion.

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity is stable, now resting at 18 percent (compared with 21% three months ago). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party has increased (31%, up from 26%), while under two in ten back Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (18%, compared with 20%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at two percent (compared with 4%). Over two in ten Nova Scotians (23%, unchanged) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while eight percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 6%).

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 May 8 to May 30, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times. Please note, total sample size for voter intention question are based on a sample of 1321 adult Nova Scotians, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.


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CRA Corporate Research Associates