07 Mar 2008

Support for Ruling PCs in NL Remains High

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservatives remains high again this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, eight in ten (79%, down from 82% in November 2007) of decided voters back the PCs, while 14 percent (compared with 12%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (6%, down from 7%) 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 down slightly and now rests at 16% (compared with 18%).

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity continues to improve and now stands at 85 percent (compared with 81% in November 2007). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 7% (5% was the comparable figure last quarter) and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael decreased to 4 percent (compared with 7%).  Four percent (compared with 8%) like none of these leaders, prefer others, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains extremely high. Presently, nine in ten residents are completely (34%, unchanged) or mostly (56%, unchanged) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  Less than one in ten (8%, compared with 7%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining 2 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 800 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from February 12 to March 4, 2008, 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.

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Amanda Bates