11 Sep 2008

Support for Federal Liberals Increased in NL

HALIFAX: Support for the federal Liberal party increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, over four in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (43%, up from 38% in May 2008), while one-third support the Conservative Party (35%, down from 38%). Support for the NDP is stable (20%, compared with 22%), while the Green Party lost some of the ground gained in May 2008 and now stands at 1% (compared with 3%). The number of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 39 percent (compared with 35%)

Preference for any of the three main party leaders has declined this quarter. Just over two in ten Newfoundlanders and Labradorians prefer Jack Layton of the NDP for Prime Minister (23%, compared 26% three months ago) while a similar number prefer Stephen Harper) 22%, compared with 23%). Support for Stéphane Dion of the Liberal Party currently stands at 21 percent (compared with 23%), while backing for Elizabeth May of the Green Party is stable at 3 percent (compared with 2%).

Satisfaction with the performance of the federal Conservative Party is stable in Newfoundland and Labrador, with three in ten residents satisfied (30%, compared with 31% in May 2008). Dissatisfaction is also stable (64%, compared with 62%). The remaining six percent (unchanged) 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 Newfoundland and Labrador, conducted from August 12 to August 28, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates