12 Sep 2008

Support for Federal Liberals Declines in New Brunswick

HALIFAX: Support for the federal Liberal party decreased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, under four in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (36%, down from 43% in May 2008), while a similar number support the Conservative Party (37%, compared with 38%). Support for the NDP increased significantly (22%, up from 14%), while the Green Party is stable (4%, compared with 5%). The number of New Brunswickers who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 45 percent (compared with 44%).

Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s popularity is stable. Over one-third of New Brunswickers (35%, compared with 37% three months ago) prefer Harper for Prime Minister, while two in ten (18%, compared with 21%) back Stéphane Dion of the Liberal Party. Support for Jack Layton of the NDP increased this quarter (17%, up from 13% three months ago), while backing for Elizabeth May of the Green Party is stable at 5 percent (unchanged).

Satisfaction with the performance of the federal Conservative Party declined compared with three months ago (47%, compared with 51% in May 2008). Dissatisfaction is stable (43%, unchanged). The remaining nine percent (up from 5%) 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 402 adult residents from New Brunswick, conducted from August 5 to August 18, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates