05 Sep 2007

Support For Ruling PCs Remains High in NL

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, over three-quarters (76%, up from 73% in May 2007) of decided voters back the PCs, while 16 percent (compared with 19%) 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 has increased by 3 percentage points, to 18 percent.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity has improved slightly from three months ago.  Presently, three-quarters (77%, compared with 74%) of NL residents name Williams as their choice for Premier.  One in ten (9%, compared with 12%) back Liberal leader Gerry Reid, and backing for NDP leader Lorraine Michael is unchanged at 6 percent.  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, nearly nine in ten residents are completely (28%, up from 25%) or mostly (58%, down from 59%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  One in ten (10%, compared with 13%) 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 806 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from August 9 to August 31, 2007, with results for the province accurate to within +3.5 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