12 Sep 2017

PEI Liberals maintain lead as most preferred political party in the province

  • PEI Liberals remain the preferred party in the province, while the Green Party declines in support this quarter
  • A majority of PEI residents remain satisfied with the performance of the provincial government
  • Preference for Premier Wade MacLauchlan is stable this quarter, however Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party continues to be the preferred leader in the province

HALIFAX, NS September 12, 2017:  The Prince Edward Island Liberal Party remains the preferred party in the province, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, nearly one-half of decided voters support the PEI Liberal Party this quarter (45%, compared with 38% in May 2017). Meanwhile, backing for the Progressive Conservative Party stands at 24 percent (compared with 26%), and support for the Green Party rests at 18 percent (down from 26%). Finally, 12 percent of PEI residents support the New Democratic Party (compared with 10%).

One-quarter of Islanders are undecided (26%, compared with 25% three months ago), while five percent refuse to state a preference (unchanged), and three percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (unchanged).

With regards to government satisfaction, one-half of PEI residents are satisfied (51%, compared with 49% three months ago), while just over four in ten residents are dissatisfied (43%, compared with 48%). The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion on the matter stands at six percent (compared with 3%).

In terms of leader preference, one-quarter of PEI residents express their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan (26%, compared with 24% in May 2017), while nearly four in ten prefer Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party (37%, unchanged). Preference for interim leader Jamie Fox of the PC Party is stable (13%, compared with 15%), while five percent back Mike Redmond of the NDP (compared with 6%). Finally, three percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 4%), and one in six residents do not offer an opinion on the matter (16%, compared with 14%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 301 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 3 to September 5, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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