11 Mar 2009

Support For New Brunswick Provincial Liberals Rebounds

SAINT JOHN: Support for the ruling Liberals increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, one-half (50%, compared with 45% in November 2008) of decided voters back the Liberals, with one-third (34%, compared with 38%) supporting the PCs.  Support for the NDP is stable (13%, unchanged), while three percent (compared with 4%) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of New Brunswick residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 35 percent (down from 38% in November 2008).

Satisfaction with the performance of the Liberal government continues to improve, and now stands at 64 percent (up from 60% in November 2008). Consequently, dissatisfaction decreased (29%, compared with 32% three months ago).  The remaining seven percent (compared with 8%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Shawn Graham’s personal popularity continues to improve. Presently, over four in ten (45%, compared with 42% in November 2008) residents prefer Graham for Premier.  Backing for David Alward of the Progressive Conservatives declined, and currently stands at 21 percent (down from 25%), while backing for Roger Duguay of the NDP is stable at 8 percent (unchanged).  The next leader of the Green Party is preferred by four percent (unchanged). Five percent (unchanged) of New Brunswickers like none of these leaders or prefer others.  The number of residents who do not offer a definite opinion is stable and currently stands at 17 percent (compared with 16%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 404 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 10 to March 2, 2009, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates