05 Jun 2008

Support For NL PCs Remains Strong

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives remains strong again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, just under eight in ten (77%, down from 79% in February 2008) of decided voters back the PCs, while 13 percent (compared with 14%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (8%, up from 6%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference has remained steady and now rests at 17% (compared with 16%).

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high and stands at 78 percent (down from 85% in February 2008). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 7% (unchanged) and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael increased to 6 percent (compared with 4%).  Seven percent (compared with 4%) like none of these leaders, prefer others, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains extremely high. Presently, almost nine in ten residents are completely (25%, down 9 percentage points from February 2008) or mostly (62%, compared with 56%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  Only one in ten (10%, compared with 8%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 3 percent (up one point) 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 800 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 8 to June 1, 2008, with results for the province accurate to within +3.5 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