05 Dec 2009

Support for Ruling PEI Liberals Declines

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island declined, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over one-half (55%, compared with 63% in August 2008) of decided voters back the Liberals, while three in ten (31%, compared with 25%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (8%, compared with 6%), while five percent (compared with 6%) of decided voters prefer the Green Party.  The number of Prince Edward Island residents who are currently undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference stands at 36 percent (down from 41%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government is stable this quarter, with over six in ten (64%, compared with 62%) residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction is stable (28%, compared with 29%), while just under one in ten (9%, up from 8%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity also is stable this quarter. Presently, under one-half (46%, compared with 45% in August 2008) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of just over two in ten (22%, compared with 15%) of residents.  Four percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (compared with 5%), while two percent (down four points) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Five percent (compared with 6%) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (21%, down from 24%) are undecided 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 601 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from November 14 to December 1, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates