06 Dec 2007

Support For The Ruling PEI Liberals Remains High

HALIFAX: The ruling provincial Liberals continue to lead the opposition Conservatives by a wide margin, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, nearly two-thirds (65%, up from 64% in August 2007) of decided voters back the Liberals, with one-quarter (25%, unchanged) supporting the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is down (5%, down from 7%), while 5 percent (compared with 3%) 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 is unchanged and stands at 34 percent.

More than seven in ten (72%, unchanged) residents offer a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government. The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction increased slightly (15%, compared with 8%), with the remaining one in ten (13%) not offering a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity continues to rise.  Presently, over one-half (52%, up from 49% in August 2007) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC party has the backing of over one in ten (14%, down from 25%) of residents.  Five percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (unchanged), while three percent (unchanged) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Three percent (compared with 4%) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while 21 percent (compared with 14%) 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 603 Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from November 13 to November 29, 2007, with results accurate to within +4.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates