11 Sep 2008

Support for Federal Conservatives is up in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX: Support for the federal Conservative party increased this quarter in Nova Scotia, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, one-third of decided voters support the Conservative Party (34%, up from 27% in May 2008), while three in ten support the Liberal Party (29%, down from 38%). Support for the NDP is stable (28%, compared with 27%), as is the Green Party (7%, compared with 6%). The number of Nova Scotians who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 41 percent (compared with 40%).

Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s popularity is stable. Three in ten Nova Scotians (31%, up compared with 29% three months ago) prefer Harper for Prime Minister, while two in ten (19%, compared with 22%) back Jack Layton of the NDP. Support for Stéphane Dion of the Liberal Party decreased this quarter (18%, down from 21% three months ago), while backing for Elizabeth May of the Green Party is stable at 7 percent (unchanged).

Satisfaction with the performance of the federal Conservative Party improved this quarter and now stands at 41 percent (compared with 38% in May 2008). Dissatisfaction is also stable (52%, compared with 54%). The remaining seven percent (compared with 9%) 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 403 adult residents from Nova Scotia, conducted from August 7 to August 20, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates