05 Mar 2014

Satisfaction with NS Government Increases

HALIFAX:  Satisfaction with the performance of the NS provincial government is increasing, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, six in ten Nova Scotia residents are satisfied with the overall performance of the new McNeil government (58%, up from 50% in November 2013), while two in ten Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (20%, up from 12%). Meanwhile, 14 percent (unchanged) do not offer a definite opinion, while one in ten say it is too soon to tell (8%, down from 25%).

In terms of voter intentions, six in ten NS residents support the Liberal Party (60%, compared with 58% in November 2013). Two in ten Nova Scotians support the PC Party (20%, compared with 19%), while 18 percent of residents support the NDP (compared with 19%). Two percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 3%) and less than one percent prefer a party other than the above mentioned (compared with 1%). The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 27 percent (up from 22%), while four percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 6%), and seven percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 5%).

Support for Premier Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party stands at 50 percent (compared with 46%), while under two in ten back Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (15%, compared with 17%). Preference for acting Leader Maureen MacDonald of the NDP rests at 12 percent (compared with 15% three months ago), while preference for John Percy of the Green Party stands at two percent (compared with 3%). Nearly one in six Nova Scotians (15%, compared with 16%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while six percent prefer none of these leaders (up from 3%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 801 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 10 to February 28, 2014, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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