12 Sep 2008

Support for Federal Conservatives in PEI is up at the Expense of the NDP

HALIFAX: Support for the federal Conservative party increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, four in ten decided voters support the Conservative Party (39%, up from 35% in May 2008), while support for the federal Liberals is stable (48%, unchanged). Support for the NDP decreased (7%, down from 12%), while the Green Party is stable (5%, unchanged). The number of Islanders who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 49 percent (compared with 45%).

Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s popularity is stable. Three in ten Islanders (31%, compared with 33% three months ago) prefer Harper for Prime Minister, while two in ten (21%, compared with 24%) back Stéphane Dion of the Liberal Party. Support for Jack Layton of the NDP increased this quarter (16%, up from 13% three months ago), while backing of Elizabeth May of the Green Party also increased slightly and currently stands at 7% (compared with 5%).

Satisfaction with the performance of the federal Conservative Party declined significantly compared with three months ago (43%, compared with 49% in May 2008). Consequently, dissatisfaction increased (49%, compared with 45%). The remaining eight percent (up from 6%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 300 adult residents from Prince Edward Island, conducted from August 14 to August 20, 2008, with results accurate to within +5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates