03 Sep 2009

Satisfaction With NL PC Government Remains High

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador show increased support for the ruling provincial PC Party, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, almost eight in ten (77%, up from 72% in May 2009) of decided voters back the PCs, while over one in ten (15%, down from 19%) prefer the Liberals.  Less than one in ten (8%, unchanged) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference increased this quarter (22%, up from 16%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government increased this quarter, returning to levels from a year ago. Presently, nine in ten Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (90%, up from 85% three months ago). Just under one in ten (8%, down from 13%) are dissatisfied.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 76 percent (compared with 77% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at eight percent (compared with 11%), and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is also stable at six percent (unchanged).  One in ten (9%, compared with 6%) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from August 11 to August 29, 2009 with results for the province accurate to within +4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 722-3100.

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Amanda Bates