25 Nov 2009

Support For The NL PC Government Remains High

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to show high levels of support for the ruling provincial PC Party, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, almost eight in ten (77%, unchanged from August 2009) of decided voters back the PCs, while under two in ten (16%, compared with 15%) prefer the Liberals.  Less than one in ten (7%, compared with 8%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference currently stands at 24 percent (compared with 22%).

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government decreased slightly, similar to levels from six months ago. Presently, under nine in ten Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (87%, down from 90% in August 2009). Just under one in ten (9%, compared with 8%) are dissatisfied.

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 79% (up from 76% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at ten percent (compared with 8%), and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is also stable at four percent (compared with 6%).  Less than one in ten (7%, compared with 9%) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1,202 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from November 5 to November 22, 2009 with results for the province accurate to within +2.8 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 493-3820.

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Amanda Bates