10 Jun 2013
PE Liberals Maintain Comfortable Lead in Voter Preference
HALIFAX: Recent fluctuations in provincial voter support have resulted in a virtual tie between the PC Party and NDP in Prince Edward Island, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. One-half of decided voters back the governing Liberal Party (52%, compared with 51% three months ago). Meanwhile, 22 percent support the Progressive Conservative Party (compared with 16%), while support for the NDP stands at 21 percent (compared with 26%). Backing for the Green Party rests at five percent (compared with 7%), while the number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion stands at 41 percent (compared with 42%).
In terms of government satisfaction, presently less than one-half (45%, compared with 50% in February 2013) of residents are satisfied with the provincial government, while one-half express dissatisfaction (51%, compared with 46%). Five percent (compared with 4%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.
Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity is stable again this quarter. Presently, four in ten (38%, compared with 37% three months ago) residents prefer Ghiz for Premier. Meanwhile, Interim Leader Steven Myers of the PC Party has the backing of one in ten Islanders (11%, compared with 7%). Support for Mike Redmond of the NDP is stable at 15 percent (compared with 18%). Support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party stands at four percent (compared with 5%), while one percent prefer the next leader of the Island Party of PEI (unchanged). One in ten (10%, compared with 9%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten are undecided or do not offer a response at this time (20%, compared with 22%).
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 11 to May 28, 2013 with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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