05 Sep 2007

Support For NS Progressive Conservatives Increases

HALIFAX: Support for the governing Progressive Conservatives is increasing, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, support for the provincial Progressive Conservatives stands at 32 percent compared with 29% three months ago, while the opposition NDP has the backing of 35 percent of decided voters (compared with 37% in May 2007). Support for the Liberals is increasing (28%, compared with 26%), while 5 percent (compared with 7%) 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 39 percent (compared with 42%).

Backing for the NDP remains highest in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) (44%), while the Liberals receive similar support across all regions of Nova Scotia.  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive a higher level of support in mainland NS outside of the HRM (38%) and in Cape Breton (32%), than in HRM (26%).

PC leader Rodney MacDonald’s personal popularity has increased slightly this quarter.  Presently, MacDonald has the support of one-quarter of Nova Scotians (26%, compared with 24% three months ago).  NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of three in ten (30%, compared with 33%) residents, while support for the new Liberal Party leader, Stephen McNeil, stands at 17 percent.  Two in ten Nova Scotians (17%, compared with 20%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders or name another person (10%, compared with 7%).

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government improved slightly in the past three months.  Presently, just over one-half (53%, up from 48% in May 2007) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while just under four in ten (37%, down from 42%) are dissatisfied.  One in ten (10%, unchanged) 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 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 9 to August 30, 2007, with results accurate to within +3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates