08 Dec 2015

Support and satisfaction for PEI Liberals continues to increase

• More lslanders support the PEI Liberals this quarter.
• Three in four Islanders are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government, an increase from last quarter, and the highest level measured since early 2008.
• Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s popularity improved this quarter.

HALIFAX, NS December 8, 2015: The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Liberals are the most preferred party on the Island, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Specifically, six in ten decided voters support the PEI Liberal Party this quarter (61%, up from 46% in August 2015), while backing for the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI stands at 18 percent (compared with 22%). Support for the New Democratic Party of PEI (NDP) stands at nine percent (down from 18%), while 11 percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 14%). Two in ten Islanders are undecided (18%, compared with 22%), while five percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 3%), and just one percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 4%).
With regards to government satisfaction, three-quarters of PEI residents (74%, up from 57% three months ago) are satisfied, the highest level measured since early 2008. Meanwhile two in ten (20%, down from 29%) are dissatisfied, while the number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion stands at six percent (down from 11%).
In terms of leader preference, one-half of PEI residents offer their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan this quarter (48%, up from 29% in August 2015). Meanwhile, newly designated interim leader Jamie Fox of the PC Party is preferred by 11 percent of residents (compared with 13%; former interim leader Rob Lantz announced his resignation in September, 2015), while seven percent (compared with 11%) back Mike Redmond of the NDP, and support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party rests at 20 percent (down from 30%). Meanwhile, three percent (unchanged) prefer none of these leaders, while one in ten (11%, compared with 15%) are undecided or do not offer an opinion.
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 301 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted November 6 to December 1, 2015, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.


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Amanda Bates