04 Jun 2008

Slight Softening In Support for PEI Liberals

HALIFAX: The ruling provincial Liberals lost a small amount of ground to the opposition Conservatives this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, six in ten (61%, down from 68% in February 2008) of decided voters back the Liberals, with just under three in ten (27%, compared with 22%) supporting the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (7%, up from 6%), while 4 percent (unchanged) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of Prince Edward Island residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 28 percent (compared with 26%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government also declined, as seven in ten (69%, compared with 77%) residents offer a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  Consequently, the number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction increased again this quarter (28%, compared with 19%), with relatively few (3%, down from 5%) not offering a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s popularity decreased somewhat and now stands at levels similar to summer 2007. Presently, one-half (50%, down from 58% in February 2008) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of nearly two in ten (18%, up from 16%) of residents.  Five percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (up two percentage points), while five percent (up one point) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Three percent (compared with 5%) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while 19 percent (compared with 14%) are undecided 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 302 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 12 to May 28, 2008, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates