06 Jun 2018

PEI Liberals and Green Party now tied in terms of voter support

  • Preference for the PEI Liberal Party has declined to its lowest level since the 2015 election, while support for the Green Party holds strong
  • Support for the PEI PC Party has rebounded this quarter
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government is stable
  • Preference for party leaders is stable this quarter, with Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party maintaining his lead as the preferred leader in the province

HALIFAX, NS June 6, 2018: Voter support for the Prince Edward Island Liberal Party and the Green Party is virtually even this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Liberal Party is now at its lowest level of support since the May 2015 election. Specifically, one-third of decided voters support the PEI Liberal Party this quarter (34%, down from 42% in February 2018), while a similar number of voters back the Green Party (33%, compared with 34%). Preference for the Progressive Conservative has rebounded this quarter and now stands at 26 percent (up from 17%), while seven percent of PEI residents prefer the New Democratic Party (compared with 6%).

One-quarter of Islanders are undecided (23%, compared with 20% three months ago), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and four percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 3%).

With regards to government satisfaction, one-half of PEI residents are satisfied (52%, compared with 51% three months ago), while four in ten residents are dissatisfied (42%, compared with 47%). The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion on the matter stands at seven percent (up from 2%).

In terms of leader preference, one-quarter of PEI residents express their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan (24%, compared with 26% in February 2018), while four in ten prefer Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party (39%, compared with 37%). One in six residents support James Aylward of the PC Party  (17%, compared with 16%), while four percent back Joe Byrne of NDP (compared with 3% for the yet to be named NDP leader three months ago). Finally, three percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 4%), and one in eight residents do not offer an opinion on the matter (13%, compared with 15%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 600 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 2 to 28, 2018, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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