06 Sep 2011

PEI Liberal Support Strong Heading into the Election

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island remains strong this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, six in ten decided voters back the Liberal Party (59%, up from 51% in May 2011), while three in ten support the Progressive Conservative Party (31%, compared with 35%). Support for the Island New Democrats decreased (7%, down from 13%), while support for the Green Party is stable (3%, compared with 2%). The number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion is stable at 41 percent (compared with 40%).

Government satisfaction remains high again this quarter, with over six in ten (63%, down from 69% three months ago) residents satisfied with the provincial government. Three in ten residents express dissatisfaction (28%, compared with 25%), while eight percent (compared with 5%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity also remains stable this quarter. Presently, under one-half (46%, compared with 48% in May 2011) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while Olive Crane, leader of the PC Party, has the backing of two in ten Islanders (22%, compared with 19%). Support for Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party remains stable (2%, compared with 1%), while three percent (compared with 5%) favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats. Meanwhile, two percent prefer Billy Cann, the leader of the Island Party of PEI (compared with 0%). Five percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders, while 20 percent (compared with 21%) 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 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 10 to August 28, 2011, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.  
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Amanda Bates