10 Jun 2011

Support For NL Progressive Conservatives Decreases

HALIFAX: Under new leadership, support for the Progressive Conservative Party has decreased, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just under six in ten (57%, down from 73% three months ago) decided voters back the PCs, while two in ten (22%, compared with 18%) prefer the Liberals. Support for the NDP has increased to two in ten (20%, up from 8%), while none prefer the Green Party (compared with 1%). Those with no stated preference included those who were undecided (17%), do not plan to vote (2%), or refuse to state a preference (4%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains strong. Currently, seven in ten (71%, down from 82% in February 2011) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government. Under two in ten (17%, up from 7%) are dissatisfied with the current government, while two percent feel it is still too soon to tell, and nine percent do not offer a definite opinion.

PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale’s personal popularity has decreased and rests at one-half (51%, down from 64% in February 2011). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier remains stable (16%, compared with 18%), while backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael has increased and now rests at 14 percent (up from 5%). Two in ten like none of these leaders or have no 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 400 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 11 to May 28, 2011 with results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples. 

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Amanda Bates