01 Sep 2006

PEI Liberals Pull Ahead Of PCs In Voter Support

HALIFAX: With an upward trend observed in Liberal support, the opposition Liberals have pulled ahead of the ruling Progressive Conservatives, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, the Liberals are preferred by more than four in ten (46%, compared with 44% in May and 40% in February 2006) decided Island voters, while approximately four in ten (42%, unchanged) of decided voters back the PCs.  Seven percent of Islanders (compared with 8%) prefer the NDP, while 5 percent support none of these parties, do not plan to vote, or favour others (compared with 6% three months ago).  The number of residents who are undecided or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 33 percent (compared with 31% in May 2006).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Progressive Conservative government has not changed appreciably in the past three months.  Presently, approximately six in ten (62%, unchanged) Island residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the provincial government.  Approximately one-third (34%, compared with 31%) 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 (down from 8%).

The personal popularity of the leaders of the Liberal and PC parties is also stable compared with May 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 (34%, compared with 32%) of Islanders.  Four percent (compared with 5%) of residents favour NDP leader Dean Constable.  Five percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while close to two in ten (17%, unchanged) 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 301 Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 11 to August 30, 2006, with results accurate to within (5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates