06 Dec 2017

Support for NS Liberals at lowest level since first elected in 2013

  • NS Liberals continue to be the preferred party in the province, despite voter support declining to its lowest level since the October 2013 election
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government is split among Nova Scotians
  • Premier McNeil remains the preferred party leader this quarter, despite support declining over the past three months

HALIFAX, NS December 6, 2017: Support for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party has declined this quarter, reaching its lowest level since the Liberals were elected in October 2013, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, four in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (38%, down from 45% in August 2017). Preference for the Progressive Conservative Party rests at 29 percent (unchanged), while one-quarter support the New Democratic Party (27%, compared with 22%), and five percent support the Green Party (compared with 4%).

The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided has increased for the second consecutive quarter and stands at 28 percent (up from 23% in August 2017, and from 17% in May 2017), while six percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 4%), and another six percent either support none of these parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 5%).

Government satisfaction is stable this quarter, as nearly one-half of Nova Scotians are satisfied with the performance of Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government (46%, compared with 48% in August 2017). Meanwhile, a similar number of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (47%, compared with 44%), and seven percent (unchanged) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of leader preference, three in ten Nova Scotians support Premier Stephen McNeil (28%, down from 34% in August 2017), while two in ten prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (21%, compared with 23%). Support for Gary Burrill of the NDP stands at 18 percent (unchanged), while preference for Thomas Trappenberg of the Green Party rests at four percent (compared with 3%), and backing for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party is at one percent (unchanged). Meanwhile, two in ten (19%, up from 15%) do not offer a definite opinion, and one in ten prefer none of these leaders (9%, compared with 7%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 1 to 30, 2017 with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates