06 Dec 2011

PEI Liberal Support Strong

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island is strong following the election, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over one-half of decided voters back the Liberal Party (53%, down from 59% in August 2011), while one-third support the Progressive Conservative Party (34%, compared with 31%). Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (9%, compared with 7%), as is support for the Green Party (4%, compared with 3%). The number of Islanders who are undecided or refuse to state an opinion stands at 26 percent.

Government satisfaction is high again this quarter, with six in ten (59%, compared with 63% three months ago) residents satisfied with the provincial government. Under four in ten express dissatisfaction (37%, up from 28%), while five percent (compared with 8%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity is also stable this quarter. Presently, one-half (50%, compared with 46% in August 2011) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while Olive Crane, leader of the PC Party, has the backing of two in ten Islanders (22%, unchanged). Support for James Rodd of the Island New Democrats remains stable (4%, compared with 3%), while three percent favour Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party (compared with 2%). Meanwhile, less than one percent prefer Billy Cann, the leader of the Island Party of PEI (compared with 2%). Eleven percent (compared with 5%) prefer none of these leaders, while 11 percent (compared with 20%) 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 November 8 to November 29, 2011, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.  
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Amanda Bates