23 Mar 2017

Widespread concern about current provincial debt level in NB

  • The average rating of concern with the provincial debt level is 7.6 on a 1 to 10 scale
  • Six in ten New Brunswick residents express concern with the province’s current debt level
  • Concern is slightly less prevalent in northern New Brunswick than elsewhere in the province

HALIFAX, NS March 23, 2017: The New Brunswick government has stated that the provincial debt is projected to reach over $14 billion by 2018. On average, New Brunswick residents rate their level of concern with the province’s current debt level as nearly eight on a scale of 1 to 10, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, on a scale of 1 to 10, where “1” is not at all concerned and “10” is extremely concerned, the average rating of concern with the current provincial debt level is 7.6 out of 10.

Of note, six in ten (61%) New Brunswick residents rate concern as 8, 9 or 10 on the 1 to 10 scale, while four in ten (42%) rate their concern as 10 out of 10.

Concern with the current provincial debt level is lower in the northern part of the province than elsewhere. Across the population, concern is higher among residents 55 years of age or older and among Anglophone residents.

“It is clear that a majority of New Brunswickers have a high level of concern regarding the current debt burden of the province,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “It is also clear that provincial debt will continue to increase over the near-term.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 405 adult New Brunswick residents, conducted from February 8 to March 1, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

Margaret Brigley, CRA President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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