07 Sep 2011
Support for New Brunswick Conservative Government Declines
SAINT JOHN: Satisfaction with the performance of the PC government decreased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just over one-half (53%, down from 68% in May 2011) of New Brunswick residents are either completely or mostly satisfied, while one-third (32%, up from 19%) are dissatisfied. The number of residents who say it is too soon to tell decreased to one percent (from 3% three months ago), while over one in ten do not offer an opinion (14%, compared with 11%).
Voter support for the provincial PCs declined, with four in ten residents supporting the Progressive Conservative Party (41%, down from 56% three months ago). One-third of New Brunswickers back the Liberals (34%, up from 20%). Backing for the NDP is stable (23%, compared with 20%), as is support for the Green Party (less than 1%, compared with 1%). Two percent of decided voters back the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (compared with 3%). Four in ten residents are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refused to state a preference (41%, up from 37%).
Support for David Alward decreased again this quarter, with one-third of residents stating Alward is their preferred choice for Premier (32%, down from 39%). The next leader of the Liberal Party is preferred by two in ten (21%, up from 15%), while support for Dominic Cardy of the NDP stands at 14% (unchanged). Two percent (compared with 5%) prefer Jack MacDougall of the Green Party, while one percent (compared to 0%) prefer Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick as Premier. Four percent of New Brunswick residents like none of these leaders or prefer others (unchanged), while one-quarter do not offer a definite opinion (26%, up from 22%).
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from August 15 to August 31, 2011, with overall results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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