02 Sep 2009

Support for PEI Provincial Liberals Rebounds

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island rebounded this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over six in ten (62%, up from 57% in May 2009) decided voters back the Liberals, while under three in ten (27%, down from 32%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, compared with 7%), while five percent (compared with 4%) 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 31 percent (down from 36%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government also increased this quarter, with two-thirds (65%, up from 55%) of residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  Alternatively, the number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction decreased (27%, down from 37%), while under one in ten (7%, unchanged) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity increased this quarter. Presently, nearly one-half (48%, up from 38% in May 2009) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of two in ten (20%, compared with 22%) residents.  Five percent of residents favour James Rodd of the Island New Democrats (unchanged), while four percent (compared with 3%) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Five percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (18%, down from 25%) 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 301 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 13 to August 31, 2009, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates