09 Mar 2010

Support For Danny Williams And The NL PC Government At Record Levels

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to show extremely high levels of support for the ruling provincial PC Party, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, eight in ten (80%, compared with 77% from November 2009) decided voters back the PCs, while under two in ten (15%, compared with 16%) prefer the Liberals.  Five percent (compared with 7%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 16 percent (compared with 24%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government is the highest level ever recorded in Atlantic Canada in more than twenty years of tracking by CRA, and rests at 93 percent (compared with 87% three months ago). Only three percent (down from 9%) are dissatisfied.

PC Leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 81% (compared with 79% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at eight percent (compared with 10%), and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is also stable at five percent (compared with 4%).  Less than one in ten (6%, compared with 7%) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from February 9 to February 25, 2010 with results for the province accurate to within +4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 493-3820.

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Amanda Bates