03 Jun 2010

Support For PC Government in NL Remains Highly Favourable

HALIFAX: The ruling provincial PC Party continues to receive exceptionally high levels of support from residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, three-quarters (75%, down from 80% in February 2010) of decided voters back the PCs, while less than two in ten (16%, compared with 15%) prefer the Liberals. Eight percent (compared with 5%) support the NDP. The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 22% (up from 16%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains extremely high. Currently, nearly nine in ten (87%, down from 93% three months ago) residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government, while one in ten (up from 3%) are dissatisfied.

PC Leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 79 percent (compared with 81% in February 2010). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 11 percent (compared with 8%), and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is stable at four percent (compared with 5%). Five percent like none of these leaders, have no definite opinion, or prefer others.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 808 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 11 to May 31, 2010 with results for the province accurate to within + 3.4 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 493-3820.

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Amanda Bates