10 Mar 2009

Support For NL Conservatives Remains High

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to show strong support for the ruling provincial PC Party, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, seven in ten (71%, compared with 72% in November 2008) of decided voters back the PCs, while two in ten (22%, compared with 19%) prefer the Liberals.  Less than one in ten (7%, compared with 9%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference decreased this quarter (15%, down from 22%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains high. Presently, 88 percent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (compared with 86% three months ago). Only one in ten (9%, compared with 10%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining three percent (compared with 6%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 79 percent (compared with 78% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 11 percent (compared with 8%), and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is also stable at 5 percent (compared with 6%).  Five percent (down from 9%) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 402 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from February 11 to February 28, 2009 with results for the province accurate to within +4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 722-3100.

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Amanda Bates