02 Sep 2010

Satisfaction with Nova Scotia NDP Government is Stable

HALIFAX: After continually dropping since the election, satisfaction with the NDP government has stabilized, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Just over four in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the Dexter government (42%, compared with 43% in May 2010). Just under one-half are dissatisfied (47%, compared with 48%), while one in ten (unchanged) do not offer an opinion.

Currently, less than four in ten decided voters prefer the NDP (37%, unchanged from three months ago), while support for the Liberal Party is also unchanged and rests at 35 percent. Support for the PC Party is stable (21%, compared with 24%), while seven percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 4%). Those with no stated preference included those who were undecided (29%), do not plan to vote (6%), or refuse to state a preference (7%).

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity has also stabilized, with just over one-quarter of Nova Scotia residents preferring Dexter as Premier (27%, compared with 24% in May 2010). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party continues its upward trend (31%, compared with 29% in May, 26% in February, and 21% in November 2009), while support for the next leader of the PC Party (Jamie Baillie was not confirmed as leader at the time of the survey) stands at 16 percent (compared with 18%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at five percent (compared with 2%), while Jonathan Dean of the newly formed Atlantica Party is preferred by one percent. Over one in ten Nova Scotians (15%, compared with 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (6%, compared with 10%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 805 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 5 to August 31, 2010, with results accurate to within + 3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 493-3820.

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Amanda Bates