Olive Crane and her Opposition Conservatives have continued to lose political support this quarter, despite numerous controversial government decisions and cuts, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.
The results show the Progressive Conservatives are polling at 28 per cent, down from 32 per cent last August. Crane’s personal support has also dropped from 24 per cent to 19 per cent.
This puts Crane just three points ahead of newly elected NDP Leader Mike Redmond, who gained four points this quarter garnering 15 per cent personal support.
The New Democratic Party has also picked up support where the Tories have lost.
A total of 22 per cent of Islanders polled said they would vote NDP if an election were held today. This is a continuation of a steady rise in support for the NDP in P.E.I., which has gained 13 percentage points since November of last year.
This is the highest level of support the party has ever seen in the province.
The Liberal government saw a slight increase of two-to-three per cent in support for the party and its leader, Premier Robert Ghiz.
Still, the majority of Islanders say they are dissatisfied with the performance of the Ghiz government.
The poll results are based on a sample of 600 Islanders, conducted between Nov. 8 and Dec. 1, 2012 with overall results accurate to within plus or minus four percentage points, 95 times out of 100.
Crane has called an impromtu news conference for 12 p.m. She is expected to comment about the poll results at this event.
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