12 Dec 2006

Slight Softening In Support For NL Ruling PCs

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives has declined slightly, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, seven in ten (70%, down from 74% in August 2006) decided voters back the PCs, while two in ten (19%, compared with 18%) prefer the Liberals.  One in ten (9%, compared with 8%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference has increased by 4 percentage points to 24 percent.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity has also declined in the past three months.  Presently, three-quarters (73%, down from 78% in August) of NL residents name Williams as their choice for Premier.  One in ten (9%, unchanged) back Liberal leader Gerry Reid, and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is up 3 percentage points to 7 percent.  Eleven percent (compared with 9% three months ago) like none of these leaders, prefer others, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government is also down compared with three months ago.  Presently, more than eight in ten residents are completely (22%, down from 28%) or mostly (61%, unchanged) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  More than one in ten are mostly (10%, compared with 8%) or completely (4%, compared with 2%) dissatisfied.  The remaining 3 percent (compared with 1% three months ago) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 807 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from November 10 to December 7, 2006, with results for the province accurate to within (3.4 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.  Please note, in an effort to efficiently present party results, this quarter a slightly different way of examining decided voter intentions has been introduced. In the past, residents who expressed a preference for a specific party, as well as those who preferred no party or did not plan to vote, were included in the decided voter base. From now on, only those residents who identify a specific party will be included in the decided voter base.  Past results included in this press release have been re-calculated to reflect this minor tabulation change.

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

Amanda Bates