09 Mar 2011

PEI Liberal Support Increases

HALIFAX: Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just over six in ten decided voters back the Liberal Party (62%, up from 53% in November 2010), while one-quarter support the Progressive Conservative Party (25%, down from 34%). Support for the Island New Democrats increased (11%, up from 4%), while support for the Green Party decreased (2%, down from 8%). The number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion increased to 45 percent (up from 31%).

Government satisfaction remains high, with over six in ten (63%, compared with 65% three months ago) residents satisfied with the provincial government. The number of residents expressing dissatisfaction is stable (29%, compared with 30%), while eight percent (up from 4%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity remains stable this quarter. Presently, under one-half (46%, compared with 47% in November 2010) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while Olive Crane, leader of the PC Party, has the backing of two in ten Islanders (19%, down from 29%). Support for Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party decreased slightly (2%, down from 6%), while three percent (compared with 2%) favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats. Meanwhile, one percent (unchanged) of Islanders prefer the next leader of the Island Party of PEI. Nine percent (compared with 5%) prefer none of these leaders, while 20 percent (up from 10%) are undecided at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 301 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from February 8 to February 24, 2011, with results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Margaret Brigley, CRA Executive Vice-President, at (902) 493-3830.

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Amanda Bates