06 Dec 2007

Support For Ruling NL PCs At Its Highest Level

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives increased again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over eight in ten (82%, up from 76% in August 2007) of decided voters back the PCs, while 12 percent (compared with 16%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (7%, unchanged) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference is stable at 18 percent.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity has improved again this quarter and now stands at 81 percent (compared with 77% in August 2007). Preference for Liberal leader Gerry Reid* as Premier has decreased to 5 percent (compared with 9% three months ago) and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is stable at 7 percent (compared with 6%).  Eight percent (unchanged) like none of these leaders, prefer others, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains high compared with three months ago.  Presently, nine in ten residents are completely (34%, up from 28%) or mostly (56%, down from 58%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  One in ten (7%, compared with 10%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 2 percent (down from 3%) do not offer a definite opinion 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 802 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from November 9 to December 3, 2007, with results for the province accurate to within +3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

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

*Please note: Gerry Reid resigned on November 13th, 2007, during the survey period.

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Amanda Bates