05 Sep 2007

Support For PEI Provincial Liberals Surges

HALIFAX: The ruling provincial Liberals lead the opposition Conservatives by a wide margin, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, nearly two-thirds (64%, up from 52% in May 2007) of decided voters back the Liberals, with one-quarter (25%, down from 42%) supporting the PCs.  Support for the NDP is up 4 points to 7 percent, while 3 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 is down 6 percentage points and stands at 34 percent.

“It is quite common for a new majority government to enjoy a honeymoon period immediately after an election victory, and this appears to be the case now on PEI”, states Don Mills, President and CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc.

More than seven in ten (72%) residents offer a positive assessment of the performance of the recently elected Liberal government. Less than one in ten (8%) express dissatisfaction, with the remaining two in ten (21%) not offering a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity has increased notably following his election as Premier.  Presently, approximately one-half (49%, up from 34% in May 2007) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while PC leader Pat Binns has the backing of one-quarter (25%, down from 40%) of residents.  Five percent of residents favour NDP leader Dean Constable (unchanged), while three percent prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Four percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while 14 percent (compared with 15%) 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 Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from August 8 to August 25, 2007, with results accurate to within +5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

Amanda Bates