08 Sep 2016

Support and satisfaction with the New Brunswick Liberal government is stable this quarter

  • One-half of decided voters support New Brunswick Liberals, consistent with last quarter
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the New Brunswick government is stable this quarter
  • Premier Brian Gallant continues to be the preferred party leader

HALIFAX, NS September 8, 2016: The New Brunswick Liberals continue to hold a wide margin over other provincial parties in terms of voter support, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, preference for the New Brunswick Liberal Party is consistent with last quarter, with one-half of New Brunswick decided voters supporting the party (54%, compared with 52% in May 2016). Meanwhile, three in ten back the PC Party (28%, compared with 25%), while one in ten support the New Democratic Party (8%, as compared to 12%). Green Party support is stable (8%, compared with 9%), while two percent of voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (unchanged).

The number of residents who are undecided rests at 32 percent (compared with 29% three months ago), while six percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 7%), and four percent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote (unchanged).

In terms of government performance, one-half of New Brunswickers are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (49%, unchanged from three months ago), while four in ten are dissatisfied (39%, compared with 41%). Meanwhile, one in ten do not offer an opinion on the matter (12%, compared with 10%).

With regards to leader preference, support for Premier Brian Gallant is stable and stands at 39 percent (unchanged from May 2016), while support for PC interim leader Bruce Fitch stands at 15 percent (compared with 14%). Meanwhile, Green Party leader David Coon is preferred by one in ten (9%, compared with 11%), while Dominic Cardy of the NDP is backed by just under one in ten residents (8%, compared with 7%), and four percent (unchanged) prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Seven percent of New Brunswick residents prefer none of these leaders (compared with 6%), while 18 percent (compared with 19%) do not offer a definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 804 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 5 to August 31, 2016, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.4 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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