10 Jun 2013

Support for Governing PCs Continues to Deteriorate in NL

HALIFAX: A decline of support for the current NL PC government and a surge in Liberal backing have resulted in a tie for the provincial lead between the opposition Liberals and NDP, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party has declined over the past three months, with over one-quarter of decided voters backing the PCs (27%, down from 38% in February 2013). Support for the Liberals is up significantly this quarter with the backing of just under four in ten residents (36%, up from 22%). Support for the NDP is stable at 37 percent (compared with 39%), while less than one percent prefer the Green Party (unchanged). One-third are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (35%, up from 26%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the provincial PC government declined again this quarter. Currently, one-third (32%, down from 45% three months ago) of residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds (63%, up from 52%) of residents are dissatisfied with the performance of the current government, while five percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 3%).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity also declined this quarter (21%, compared with 32% three months ago), while over one-third prefer Lorraine Michael of the NDP as Premier of the province (36%, compared with 33%). Support for interim leader Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party rests at 24 percent (up from 17%), while under two in ten like none of these leaders or have no definite opinion at this time (19%, compared with 18%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 802 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 8 to May 30, 2013 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.


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CRA Corporate Research Associates