10 Sep 2015

Support and satisfaction for PEI Liberals improves this quarter

• More lslanders support the PEI Liberals this quarter.
• Nearly six in ten Islanders are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government, an increase from last quarter.
• Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker are in a statistical tie for first place as individual preferred for premier.

HALIFAX, NS September 10, 2015: The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Liberals are the preferred party on the Island, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Nearly one-half of decided voters support the PEI Liberal Party (Liberal) this quarter (46%, up from 40% in May 2015), while backing for the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI (PC) stands at 22 percent (compared with 24%). Support for the New Democratic Party of PEI (NDP) stands at 18 percent (compared with 19%), while 14 percent prefer the Green Party (compared with 17%). The number of Islanders who are undecided increased to 22 percent (up from 9%), while three percent refuse to state a preference (down from 9%), and four percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 3%).

With regards to government satisfaction, nearly six in ten PEI residents (57%, up from 50% three months ago) are satisfied, while three in ten (29%, compared with 26%) are dissatisfied. The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion stands at one in ten (11% unchanged), while four percent indicate it is too soon to tell (down from 15%).

Three in ten PEI residents offer their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan this quarter (29%, compared with 32% in May 2015). Meanwhile, Rob Lantz of the PC Party is preferred by 13 percent of residents (compared with 15%), while one in ten (11%, compared with 9%) back Mike Redmond of the NDP. Support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party rests at 30 percent (compared with 28%). Meanwhile three percent (compared with 4%) prefer none of these leaders or another leader, while one in seven (15%, compared with 11%) 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 304 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted August 10 to September 2, 2015, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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