07 Mar 2007

Support for NL Ruling PCs Remains High

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives is strong and stable, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, close to three-quarters (73%, compared with 70% in November 2006) of decided voters back the PCs, while two in ten (18%, compared with 19%) prefer the Liberals.  One in ten (9%, unchanged) 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 declined by 4 percentage points to 20 percent.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity is unchanged from three months ago.  Presently, three-quarters (73%, unchanged) of NL residents name Williams as their choice for Premier.  One in ten (11%, compared with 9%) back Liberal leader Gerry Reid, and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is stable at 5 percent (compared with 7% three months ago).  Twelve percent (compared with 11%) like none of these leaders, prefer others, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government is also stable compared with three months ago.  Presently, just over eight in ten residents are completely (19%, compared with 22%) or mostly (63%, compared with 61%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  More than one in ten (14%, unchanged) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 3 percent (unchanged) 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 400 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from February 13 to March 3, 2007, with results for the province accurate to within +4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

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

Amanda Bates