06 Jun 2017

PEI Liberals remain the preferred political party despite continuing decline in support

  • PEI Liberals remain the preferred party in the province despite a notable decline in support this quarter
  • PEI residents remain divided in terms of satisfaction with the provincial government
  • Preference for Premier Wade MacLauchlan is stable this quarter, but Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party continues to be the preferred leader in the province

HALIFAX, NS June 6, 2017:  The Prince Edward Island Liberal Party remains the preferred party in the province despite continuing downward support over the past year, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, four in ten decided voters support the PEI Liberal Party this quarter (38%, down from 48% in February 2017). Backing for the Green Party stands at 26 percent (unchanged), while support for the Progressive Conservative Party also rests at 26 percent (compared with 19%). Meanwhile, ten percent of PEI residents support the New Democratic Party (compared with 7%).

One-quarter of Islanders are undecided (25%, compared with 24% three months ago), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and three percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).

With regards to government satisfaction, one-half of PEI residents are satisfied (49%, compared with 50% three months ago), while a similar number of residents are dissatisfied (48%, compared with 46%). The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion on the matter stands at three percent (compared with 4%).

In terms of leader preference, one-quarter of PEI residents express their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan this quarter (24%, compared with 29% in February 2017, and down from 37% in November 2016), while nearly four in ten prefer Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party (37%, compared with 34% in February 2017). Preference for interim leader Jamie Fox of the PC Party is stable (15%, compared with 12%), while six percent back Mike Redmond of the NDP (compared with 4%). Finally, four percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 5%), and one in seven residents are undecided or do not offer an opinion on the matter (14%, compared with 16%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 304 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 9 to June 1, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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