09 Dec 2008

Satisfaction with NS Government Increases to Highest Level in Two Years

HALIFAX:  Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government increased significantly this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, six in ten (59%, up from 49% in August 2008) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while one-third (32%, down from 37%) are dissatisfied.  One in ten (9%, compared with 14%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Support for the ruling provincial PC Party has stabilized. Currently, one-third of Nova Scotians prefer the PC party (33%, unchanged from August 2008). The provincial NDP is also stable and stands at 37 percent (compared with 36%), while just under three in ten Nova Scotians support the Liberals (27%, compared with 28%) Three percent (unchanged) prefer the Green Party.  The number of Nova Scotia residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference decreased to its lowest level in the past year and stands at 37 percent (compared with 46%).

Backing for the NDP is significantly higher in HRM (42%), compared with the rest of Nova Scotia, while the Liberals receive greater support in Cape Breton (42%).  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive their greatest level of support in mainland Nova Scotia outside of the HRM (37%).

Liberal leader Stephen McNeil’s personal popularity has rebounded and rests at 21% (compared with 17% three months ago), while preference for the remaining party leaders remains unchanged. Specifically, NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of three in ten residents (30%, compared with 29%), while support for Rodney MacDonald of the PC Party remains at 27 percent (unchanged). Support for the next leader of the Green Party is stable (6%, compared with 4%). Over one in ten Nova Scotians (13%, compared with 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (5%, compared with 6%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1203 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 6 to November 30, 2008, with results accurate to within +2.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates