11 Mar 2016

Support and satisfaction for PEI Liberals is high and stable this quarter

  • PEI Liberals remain the preferred party by a comfortable margin
  • Majority of Islanders are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government
  • Premier Wade MacLauchlan remains the preferred party leader

HALIFAX, NS   March 11, 2016: The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Liberals remain 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%, unchanged from November 2015), while backing for the Progressive Conservative Party of PEI stands at 19 percent (compared with 18%). Support levels for the New Democratic Party of PEI (9%, unchanged) and Green Party (11%, unchanged) are also stable this quarter. Two in ten Islanders are undecided (19%, compared with 18%), while six percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 5%), and two percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 1%).

With regards to government satisfaction, seven in ten PEI residents (71%, compared with 74% three months ago) are satisfied. Meanwhile two in ten (20%, unchanged) are dissatisfied, while the number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion stands at eight percent (compared with 6%).

In terms of leader preference, four in ten PEI residents offer their support for Premier Wade MacLauchlan this quarter (41%, down from 48% in November 2015). Meanwhile, interim leader Jamie Fox of the PC Party is preferred by 13 percent of residents (compared with 11%), while 10 percent (compared with 7%) back Mike Redmond of the NDP, and support for Peter Bevan-Baker of the Green Party rests at 22 percent (compared with 20%). Meanwhile, three percent (unchanged) prefer none of these leaders, while one in ten (10%, 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 309 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted February 9 to March 7, 2016 with overall results accurate to within ±5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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