09 Mar 2010

Satisfaction With Performance Of NS NDP Government Drops Sharply

HALIFAX:  Support for the provincial NDP government decreased significantly this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, under one-half of decided voters prefer the NDP (46%, down from 53% in November 2009), while support for the Liberal Party increased (26%, up from 22%). Support for the PC Party is stable (22%, compared with 21%), while five percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 4%). The number of Nova Scotia residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference is stable at 40 percent.

Satisfaction with the NDP government declined even more significantly, with one-half of residents satisfied with the overall performance of the government (49%, down from 63% three months ago). Four in ten, meanwhile, are dissatisfied (41%, up from 19%), while one in ten do not offer an opinion (10%, compared with 9%).

Premier Darrell Dexter’s personal popularity declined, returning to pre-election levels. Just over one-third of Nova Scotians prefer Dexter as premier (35%, down from 44% three months ago). Support for Stephen McNeil of the Liberal Party increased (26%, up from 21%), while support for the next leader of the PC Party is stable and stands at 11 percent (compared with 12%). Preference for John Percy of the Green Party is stable at two percent (compared with 4%). Under two in ten Nova Scotians (17%, compared with 15%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (9%, up from 4%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 807 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 9 to February 24, 2010, with results accurate to within +3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates