11 Mar 2009

Support For Ruling PEI Liberals Rebounds

HALIFAX:  Support for the ruling provincial Liberal Party in Prince Edward Island increased this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over six in ten (64%, compared with 55% in November 2008) decided voters back the Liberals, while three in ten (28%, compared with 31%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, compared with 8%), while two percent (compared with 5%) 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 32 percent (down from 36%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government is stable again this quarter, with over six in ten (63%, compared with 64%) residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction is stable (27%, compared with 28%), while one in ten (10%, compared with 9%) 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%, unchanged from November 2008) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of two in ten (19%, compared with 22%) residents.  Five percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (compared with 4%), while five percent (up three points) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Five percent (unchanged) prefer none of these leaders, while two in ten (20%, compared with 21%) 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 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from February 12 to February 28, 2009, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates