01 Dec 2016
Public Divided Concerning Potential Teachers’ Strike
- Nova Scotia residents are divided in terms of support and opposition toward potential strike action by Nova Scotia’s public school teachers
- Females, along with residents under the age of 55 are more likely to support strike action than males and those 55 years of age or older
HALIFAX, NS December 1, 2016: Recently, Nova Scotia teachers voted in favour of a strike after the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the provincial government were unable to come to a contract agreement. Nova Scotia residents are divided in terms of support and opposition toward potential strike action by Nova Scotia’s public school teachers, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Nearly one-half of Nova Scotia residents (47%) completely or mostly support strike action by Nova Scotia’s public school teachers. Conversely, a similar percentage (44%) mostly or completely oppose strike action, while eight percent do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter. Support is notably more prevalent among females and residents under the age of 55, than among males and those 55 years of age or older.
“Given the current divide in opinion regarding a possible teachers’ strike, it is apparent that both the government and the Union are in a no-win situation with the public in their current labour dispute,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “What is clear is that both the government and the Union would likely be harmed by a teachers’ strike in terms of public opinion of their positions.”
These findings are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 401 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 9 to November 29, 2016, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 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.
For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838