06 Dec 2007

Support for NS NDP Increases

HALIFAX: Support for the opposition party has increased in the past quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, support for the provincial NDP stands at 39 percent compared with 35% three months ago, while the ruling Progressive Conservatives have the backing of 32 percent of decided voters (unchanged). Support for the Liberals has decreased (25%, compared with 28%), while 3 percent (compared with 5%) 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 46 percent (compared with 39%).

Backing for the NDP remains highest in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) (46%), while the Liberals receive similar support across all regions of Nova Scotia.  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive a higher level of support in Cape Breton (38%) and in mainland NS outside of the HRM (35%), than in HRM (27%).

PC leader Rodney MacDonald’s personal popularity has decreased slightly this quarter.  Presently, MacDonald has the support of one-quarter of Nova Scotians (23%, compared with 26% three months ago).  NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of three in ten (32%, compared with 30%) residents, while support for the Liberal Party leader, Stephen McNeil, stands at 14 percent (down from 17%).  Two in ten Nova Scotians (22%, compared with 17%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders or name another person (7%, compared with 6%).

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government declined slightly in the past three months.  Presently, one-half (50%, down from 53% in August 2007) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while just over four in ten (41%, up from 37%) are dissatisfied.  One in ten (9%, compared with 10%) 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 804 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 7 to December 1, 2007, with results accurate to within +3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates