09 Dec 2008

While Still Strong, PC Support Declines Slightly in NL

HALIFAX: Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to show strong support for the ruling provincial PC Party, although support has decreased slightly, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  Presently, just over seven in ten (72%, compared with 78% in August 2008) of decided voters back the PCs, while 19 percent (up from 14%) prefer the Liberals.  Slightly less than one in ten (9%, compared with 7%) support the NDP.  The number of Newfoundland and Labrador residents who are undecided, do not plan to vote, or refuse to state a preference is stable (22%, compared with 21%).

PC leader Danny Williams’ personal popularity remains high at 78 percent (compared with 77% three months ago). Preference for Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones as Premier stands at 8 percent (unchanged) and backing for NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is also unchanged at 6 percent.  Nine percent (unchanged) like none of these leaders, or have no definite opinion.

Overall satisfaction with the performance of the PC government remains very high. Presently, 86 percent of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government (unchanged from three months ago). Only one in ten (10%, compared with 12%) are dissatisfied.  The remaining four percent (compared with 2%) do not offer a definite opinion 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 1201 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents.  The survey was conducted from November 5 to December 2, 2008, 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) 722-3100.

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Amanda Bates