07 Jun 2006

Voter Support for Williams Government Continues to Climb

HALIFAX: Voter support for the ruling Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Danny Williams continues to increase, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Presently, the PC government garners the support of three-quarters (73%, up from 69% three months ago) of decided Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  Close to two in ten (17%, compared with 18%) residents back the Liberals and 6 percent (down from 10%) would vote for the NDP.  The remaining 3 percent (unchanged) support none of these parties, do not plan to vote, or favour others.  The number of Newfoundland residents who are undecided or refuse to state a preference is stable at 17 percent (compared with 15% three months ago).

Satisfaction with the performance of the PC government led by Premier Danny Williams has also increased in the past three months.  Presently, close to nine in ten residents are completely (33%, up from 19% in February 2006) or mostly (54%, down from 63%) satisfied with the performance of the provincial government.  One in ten are mostly (6%, down from 10%) or completely (3%, down from 6%) dissatisfied.  The remaining 3 percent (compared with 2% three months ago) do not offer a definite opinion at this time.

PC leader Danny Williams’ high personal popularity has not changed appreciably in the past three months, with three-quarters (74%, compared with 71%) of NL residents naming Williams as their choice for Premier.  One in ten (9%, compared with 12%) back the next leader of the Liberal Party.  Backing for the next leader/ Lorraine Michael of the NDP is stable at 4 percent (compared with 6% three months ago).  Twelve percent (unchanged) like none of these leaders, prefer others, 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 801 Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from May 11 to June 4, 2006, with results for the province accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples.

For more information, pleasecontact: Don Mills, CRA President and CEO, at (902) 722-3100.

CRA Atlantic Quarterly – Spring 2006
Newfoundland and Labrador Political Results

Sample:  801 Newfoundland and Labrador Residents (18 years plus)
Interviewing Dates: May 11 to June 4, 2006
Margin of Sampling Error:  ±3.5 percentage points (95% confidence level)

How satisfied are you with the overall performance of the provincial government led by Premier Danny Williams?

May 2005 August 2005 November 2005 February 2006 May 2006
Completely satisfied13%16%21%19%33%
Mostly satisfied53%53%57%63%54%
Mostly dissatisfied17%15%13%10%6%
Completely dissatisfied10%10%5%6%3%
Don’t know/No answer/Neither6%6%3%2%3%

If an election were held today in Newfoundland and Labrador, for which party would you vote?

PartyMay 2005 August 2005 November 2005 February 2006 May 2006
Progressive Conservative Party55%61%62%69%73%
Liberal Party31%26%25%18%17%
New Democratic Party11%8%9%10%6%
None/Do not plan to vote/Other3%5%4%3%3%
TOTAL DECIDED VOTE100% 100% 100% 100% 99%
Undecided/No answer25%22%19%15%17%

Which one of the following individuals would you most prefer as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador?

LeaderMay 2005 August 2005 November 2005 February 2006 May 2006
Danny Williams49%59%62%71%74%
Roger Grimes/Next leader/Jim Bennett/Next leader*21%15%15%12%9%
Jack Harris/Next leader/Lorraine Michael†11%11%6%6%4%
Don’t know/None of the above/Other20%15%17%12%12%

*Jim Bennett resigned as leader of the provincial Liberal Party on May 8, 2006
†Lorraine Michael was elected leader of the provincial NDP on May 29, 2006

Amanda Bates