03 Jun 2010

Satisfaction With NB Liberal Government Improves, While Tories Continue To Lead In Voter Support

SAINT JOHN: The gap between the provincial Liberals and the PCs has once again narrowed, with a large percentage of undecided voters still evident, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Four in ten decided and leaning voters back the PC Party (42%, unchanged from three months ago), while support for the Liberal Party stands at 37 percent (compared with 36%). Support for the NDP (16%, compared with 18%) and the Green Party (5%, compared with 4%) remains stable. The number of New Brunswickers who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 36 percent.

Satisfaction with the provincial government increased this quarter. Presently, four in ten New Brunswick residents (41%, up from 34% in February 2010) are completely or mostly satisfied with the government, while one-half (51%, down from 55%) are dissatisfied. Nine percent (compared with 10%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

New Brunswick residents are divided in their preference for Premier. Just under three in ten New Brunswickers prefer Shawn Graham for Premier (28%, compared with 25%), while a similar number prefer David Alward (27%, unchanged). Backing for Roger Duguay of the NDP stands at 10 percent (compared with 11%), while fewer than one in ten prefer Jack MacDougall of the Green Party (7%, compared with 5%). Nine percent (unchanged) of New Brunswickers like none of these leaders or prefer others. The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion decreased this quarter and currently stands at 19 percent (down from 23% three months ago).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 807 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from May 12 to May 31, 2010, with results accurate to within +3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates