09 Mar 2010

Support For PEI Liberals Increases

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, just under two-thirds (64%, up from 57% in November 2009) of decided voters back the Liberals, while one-quarter (26%, down from 31%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, compared with 9%), while four percent (compared with 3%) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of Prince Edward Island residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 37 percent (compared with 39%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government also increased slightly this quarter, with two-thirds (67%, up from 60% three months ago) of residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction is relatively stable (27%, compared with 30%), while under one in ten (6%, down from 10%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity is stable this quarter. Presently, one-half (48%, compared with 50% three months ago) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of under two in ten (17%, compared with 19%) residents. Seven percent of residents favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats (compared with 5%), while four percent (compared with 3%) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Meanwhile, seven percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders, while just under two in ten (18%, compared with 17%) are undecided at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 305 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from February 10 to February 24, 2010, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates