05 Jun 2007

Support For Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives Declines

HALIFAX: Support for the governing Progressive Conservatives is down, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, support for the provincial Progressive Conservatives stands at 29 percent compared with 35% three months ago, while the opposition NDP has the backing of close to four in ten decided voters (37%, compared with 36% in February 2007). Approximately one-quarter (26%, compared with 25%) of decided residents back the Liberals, while 7 percent (compared with 3%) prefer the Green Party.  The number of Nova Scotia residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 42 percent (compared with 39%).

Backing for the NDP remains highest in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) (51%), with the Liberals performing best in Cape Breton (36%).  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive a higher level of support in mainland NS outside of the HRM (35%) and in Cape Breton (34%), than in HRM (21%).

PC leader Rodney MacDonald’s personal popularity has declined slightly this quarter.  Presently, MacDonald has the support of approximately one-quarter of Nova Scotians (24%, compared with 27% three months ago).  NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of one-third (33%, compared with 30%) of residents, while support for the new Liberal Party leader, Stephen McNeil, stands at 17 percent.  Two in ten Nova Scotians (20%, unchanged) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders or name another person (7%, unchanged).

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government continues to decline.  Presently, just less than one-half (48%, down from 52% in February 2007) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while just over four in ten (42%, up from 37%) are dissatisfied.  One in ten (10%, compared with 11%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1,211 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 9 to June 3, 2007, with results accurate to within +2.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates