06 Dec 2007

Support For NB Provincial Liberals Declines

SAINT JOHN : Support for the ruling Liberals has declined in the past three months, although the Liberals continue to lead the opposition Conservatives by a comfortable margin, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, one-half (53%, down from 60% in August 2007) of decided voters back the Liberals, with three in ten (32%, up from 30%) supporting the PCs.  Support for the NDP increased to ten percent (compared with 7%), while four percent (up from 2%) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of New Brunswick residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 47 percent.

Liberal leader Shawn Graham’s popularity has also decreased, but remains within the range of popularity for the Premier over the past twelve months.  Presently, just under four in ten (38%, down from 41% in August 2007) residents prefer Graham for Premier.  Backing for the next leader of the Progressive Conservatives is stable and stands at 17 percent (unchanged), while backing for Roger Duguay of the NDP increased to eight percent (compared with 6%).  Four percent (compared with 5%) of New Brunswickers like none of these leaders or prefer others.  The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion remains high at 30 percent (compared with 31%).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Liberal government has declined somewhat from three months ago (63%, down from 66% in August 2007). Dissatisfaction is stable and currently stands at 25% (up from 24%).  The remaining 12 percent (compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly,® an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 803 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 14 to November 30, 2007, with results accurate to within +3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates