05 Mar 2014

PEI Provincial Liberals Hold Wide Lead Over NDP

HALIFAX: Presently, the provincial Liberals continue to hold a wide lead over the NDP, a gap that has increased again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, over one-half of residents (53%, compared with 49% in November 2013) back the Liberals, while support for the NDP stands at 22 percent (compared with 26%). Backing for the PC Party is stable this quarter (17%, unchanged), while support for the Green Party rests at seven percent (unchanged). Less than one percent back the Island Party of PEI (unchanged), while one percent prefer a party other than the above mentioned (unchanged). The number of Islanders who are undecided rests at 27 percent (compared with 29%), while five percent refuse to state a preference (unchanged), and seven percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 6%).

In terms of government satisfaction, over four in ten (43%, compared with 50% in November 2013) PEI residents are either completely or mostly satisfied, while one-half (51%, compared with 48%) are dissatisfied. The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion stands at six percent (compared with 3% three months ago).

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity is stable this quarter. Presently, over one-third (35%, unchanged from three months ago) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier. Meanwhile, two in ten (19%, compared with 25%) support Mike Redmond of the NDP, while Interim Leader Steven Myers of the PC Party has the backing of one in ten Islanders (9%, compared with 12%). Support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party stands at seven percent (compared with 6%), while one percent prefer the next leader of the Island Party of PEI (unchanged). One in ten (10%, compared with 11%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (18%, up from 11%) are undecided or do not offer an opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from February 6 to February 27, 2014 with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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