04 Jun 2009

Support for PEI Provincial Liberals Declines

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island decreased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, under six in ten (57%, down from 64% in February 2009) decided voters back the Liberals, while three in ten (32%, up from 28%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (7%, compared with 6%), while 4 percent (compared with 2%) 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 36 percent (up from 32%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government declined this quarter, with over one-half (55%, down from 63%) residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  Alternatively, the number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction increased (37%, up from 27%), while under one in ten (7%, compared with 10%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity also declined this quarter. Presently, under four in ten (38%, down from 46% in February 2009) residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of two in ten (22%, compared with 19%) residents.  Five percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (unchanged), while three percent (compared with 5%) prefer the next leader of the Green Party.  Six percent (compared with 5%) prefer none of these leaders, while one-quarter (25%, up from 20%) 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 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from May 12 to May 26, 2009, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates