05 Sep 2008

Support for Ruling PEI Liberals Remains Strong

HALIFAX:  Residents in Prince Edward Island continue to show support for the ruling provincial Liberals, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, over six in ten (63%, compared with 61% in May 2008) of decided voters back the Liberals, while one-quarter (25%, compared with 27%) support the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, compared with 7%), while 6 percent (up two percentage points) 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 41 percent (up from 28%).

Satisfaction with the provincial government declined this quarter, with six in ten (62%, down from 69%) residents offering a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government.  The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction is stable (29%, compared with 28%), while just under one in ten (8%, up from 3%) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s popularity also decreased this quarter. Presently, under one-half (45%, down from 50% in May 2008) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC Party has the backing of under two in ten (15%, compared with 18%) of residents.  Five percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (unchanged), while six percent (up one point) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Six percent (compared with 3%) prefer none of these leaders, while one-quarter (24%, up from 19%) 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 August 14 to September 3, 2008, with results accurate to within +4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates