06 Mar 2008

Support for the Ruling PEI Liberals Remains High

HALIFAX: The ruling provincial Liberals strengthened their lead over opposition Conservatives, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, two-thirds (68%, up from 65% in November 2007) of decided voters back the Liberals, with two in ten (22%, compared with 25%) supporting the PCs.  Support for the Island New Democrats is stable (6%, up from 5%), while 4 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 decreased and stands at 26 percent (compared with 34%).

Close to eight in ten (77%, compared with 72%) residents offer a positive assessment of the performance of the Liberal government. The number of Islanders expressing dissatisfaction increased again this quarter (19%, compared with 15%), with relatively few (5%, down from 13%) not offering a definite opinion at this time.

Liberal leader Robert Ghiz’s personal popularity now rests at an all time high.  Presently, nearly six in ten (58%, up from 52% in November 2007) of residents prefer Ghiz for Premier, while the next leader of the PC party has the backing of over one in ten (16%, up from 14%) of residents.  Three percent of residents favour the next leader of the Island New Democrats (down two percentage points), while four percent (up one point) prefer Sharon Labchuk of the Green Party.  Five percent (compared with 3%) prefer none of these leaders or select others, while 14 percent (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 Prince Edward Islanders, conducted from February 12 to March 2, 2008, with results accurate to within +5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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Amanda Bates