05 Dec 2006

PEI Liberals and Tories Neck-and-Neck In Voter Support

PEI Liberals And Tories Are Neck-And-Neck In Voter Support

HALIFAX: The opposition Liberals and the ruling Progressive Conservatives remain in a tight struggle for voter support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, each are preferred by more than four in ten decided Island voters, with the Liberals standing at 45 percent (compared with 48% in August and 46% in May), while the governing PCs have the backing of 43 percent of decided voters (compared with 44% in August and May).  Eight percent of Islanders prefer the Island New Democrats (compared with 7% in August and 8% in May), and 4 percent back the Green Party (compared with 1% in August). The number of residents who are undecided, refuse to state a preference, or do not plan to vote currently stands at 35 percent (compared with 36% in August).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Progressive Conservative government has not changed appreciably in the past three months.  Presently, approximately six in ten (63%, compared with 62% in August) Island residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the provincial government.  Approximately one-third (33%, compared with 34%) are mostly or completely dissatisfied with the government’s performance.  The number of residents with no definite opinion on this matter presently stands at 4 percent (unchanged).

The personal popularity of the leaders of the Liberal and PC parties is also stable compared with August results.  Presently, PC leader Pat Binns garners the support of four in ten (40%, unchanged) Island residents, while Liberal leader Robert Ghiz is preferred by approximately one-third (32%, compared with 34%) of Islanders.  Four percent of residents favour NDP leader Dean Constable (unchanged since August).  Five percent (also unchanged) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while close to two in ten (18%, compared with 17%) 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 607 Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from November 15 to December 3, 2006, with results accurate to within +4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.  Please note, in an effort to efficiently present party results, this quarter a slightly different way of examining decided voter intentions has been introduced. In the past, residents who expressed a preference for a specific party, as well as those who preferred no party or did not plan to vote, were included in the decided voter base. From now on, only those residents who identify a specific party will be included in the decided voter base.  Past results included in this press release have been re-calculated to reflect this minor tabulation change.

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Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

Amanda Bates