13 Mar 2017

Support for NS Liberals declines sharply this quarter

  • NS Liberals continue to be the preferred party despite declining support compared with three months ago
  • Satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government is down for the second consecutive quarter
  • Premier McNeil remains the preferred party leader despite declining support for the second consecutive quarter

HALIFAX, NS March 13, 2017: Support for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party has declined this quarter, while support for the PC Party and the NDP has increased, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, just over four in ten decided voters support the Liberal Party (44%, down from 56% in November 2016). Preference for the Progressive Conservative Party rests at 28 percent (up from 20% last quarter), while one-quarter prefer the New Democratic Party (23%, up from 19%), and five percent support the Green Party (compared with 4%).

The number of Nova Scotians who are undecided rests at 27 percent (compared with 29%), while three percent refuse to state a preference (compared with 5%), and four percent either support none of these parties or do not plan to vote (compared with 3%).

Nearly one-half of Nova Scotians are satisfied with the performance of Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government, down for the second consecutive quarter (45%, down from 53% in November 2016 and 58% in August 2016). Meanwhile, one-half of Nova Scotians are dissatisfied (49%, up from 39% last quarter), and six percent (compared with 8%) do not offer a definite opinion.

In terms of leader preference, one-third of Nova Scotians support Premier Stephen McNeil, down for the second consecutive quarter (31%, down from 38% in November 2016 and 43% in August 2016), while one-quarter prefer Jamie Baillie of the PC Party (24%, up from 20% in November 2016). Support for Gary Burrill of the NDP rests at 17 percent (up from 11%), while preference for Thomas Trappenberg of the Green Party stands at four percent (compared with 5%), and backing for Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party rests at one percent (unchanged). Meanwhile, two in ten (18%, compared with 20%) do not offer a definite opinion, and five percent prefer none of these leaders (compared with 4%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1,210 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 2 to March 1, 2017 with overall results accurate to within ± 2.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates