05 Jun 2007

Support For Ruling NL PCs Remains High

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives is strong and stable, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, close to three-quarters (73%, unchanged from February 2007) of decided voters back the PCs, while two in ten (19%, compared with 18%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (7%, compared with 9%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference has declined by 5 percentage points, to 15 percent.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity is unchanged from three months ago.  Presently, three-quarters (74%, compared with 73%) of NL residents name Williams as their choice for Premier.  One in ten (12%, compared with 11%) back Liberal leader Gerry Reid, and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is stable at 6 percent (compared with 5% three months ago).  Eight percent (compared with 12%) 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, over eight in ten residents are completely (25%, up from 19%) or mostly (59%, down from 63%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  More than one in ten (13%, compared with 14%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 3 percent (unchanged) 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 404 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 11 to May 31, 2007, with results for the province accurate to within (4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

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

Amanda Bates