06 Sep 2012

Support for NL PC Government Continues to Erode

HALIFAX: Overall satisfaction with the performance of the provincial PC government has stabilized this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Currently, six in ten (58%, compared with 60% three months ago) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. One-third (34%, compared with 33%) are dissatisfied with the current government, while eight percent do not offer a definite opinion (compared with 7%).

Support for the governing Progressive Conservative Party has declined since November 2011 (45%, down from 60% November 2011). Under one-half of decided voters back the PCs (45%, compared with 49% in May 2012), while support for the NDP stands at 33 percent (unchanged). Just over two in ten (22%, compared with 18%) prefer the Liberals, while one percent prefer the Green Party (compared with less than 1% last quarter). Three in ten are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (30%, unchanged).

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity continues to slide downward (37%, down from 44% three months ago), while preference for Lorraine Michael of the NDP has increased to its highest level yet (31%, up from 23%). Support for interim leader Dwight Ball of the Liberal Party rests at 16 percent (compared with 12%), while under two in ten like none of these leaders or have no definite opinion at this time (16%, compared with 21%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from August 9 to Sept 2, 2012 with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples. 

For more information, please contact: 
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO, at (902) 493-3830

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CRA Corporate Research Associates