05 Jun 2008

Support for Ruling Nova Scotia PCs Decreases

HALIFAX: Support for the ruling provincial PC Party has declined in the past quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives has decreased to 27 percent (compared with 32% in February 2008), while the provincial NDP stands at 38 percent (up one point). Support for the Liberals continues to trend upward (30%, compared with 28% in February 2008, and 25% in November 2007), while 4 percent (up one point) prefer the Green Party.  The number of Nova Scotia residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 41 percent (compared with 42%).

Backing for the NDP is significantly higher in the HRM (52%) compared with elsewhere in the province (28%). The Liberals receive greater support in Cape Breton (37%).  The Conservatives, meanwhile, receive their greatest level of support in mainland Nova Scotia outside of the HRM (34%).

PC leader Rodney MacDonald’s personal popularity has decreased with just over two in ten Nova Scotians preferring MacDonald as premier (22%, compared with 27% in February 2008). NDP leader Darrell Dexter has the backing of three in ten residents (30%, unchanged), while support for the Liberal Party leader Stephen McNeil has increased for the second straight quarter and now stands at 23 percent (up from 20%). Support for the next leader of the Green Party also increased (5%, compared with 3%). Over one in ten Nova Scotians (16%, compared with 14%) are undecided in terms of leader preference, while the remainder prefer none of these leaders (4%, compared with 6%).

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the PC government declined sharply this quarter. Presently, under one-half (46%, down from 55% in February 2008) of residents express satisfaction with the government, while a similar number (45%, up from 34%) are dissatisfied.  Dissatisfaction with the PC government is higher in the HRM compared with elsewhere in the province. One in ten (9%, compared with 12%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1203 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 7 to June 1, 2008, with results accurate to within +2.8 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates