05 Sep 2013

Popularity of NB Liberals Continues to Grow

HALIFAX: The NB Liberal Party continues to gain support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Almost one-half of New Brunswick decided voters support the Liberal Party (47%, up from 41% in May 2013). Meanwhile, almost one-quarter back the governing PC Party (23%, down from 29% three months ago), and a similar number support the NDP (24%, compared with 27%). Green Party support is stable (4%, compared with 3%), while three percent of decided voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 1%). The number of residents who are undecided rests at 30 percent (compared with 33%), while seven percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and six percent support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 5%).

Presently, approximately four in ten New Brunswick residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the provincial government (38%, unchanged from May 2013), while over one-half (54%, compared with 51%) are dissatisfied. One in ten do not offer an opinion (8%, compared with 11%).

David Alward’s personal popularity is stable this quarter, with two in ten New Brunswick residents preferring Alward for Premier (19%, compared with 20%). Meanwhile, Brian Gallant of the Liberal Party is preferred by three in ten (30%, compared with 31%) and support for Dominic Cardy of the NDP stands at 15 percent (compared with 17%). Four percent (unchanged) prefer David Coon of the Green Party, while four percent (compared with 2%) prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Five percent of New Brunswick residents like none of these leaders or support others (compared with 7%), while almost one-quarter (23% compared with 19%) do not offer a definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 14 to September 1, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times. 
 
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