The NDP has surged ahead of the Progressive Conservative party in P.E.I. and is closing in on the governing Liberals, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.
Mike Redmond’s New Democrats jumped ahead 11 points this quarter, and now have the support of 32 per cent of decided voters in P.E.I.
This is the highest level of support the provincial NDP has ever seen in Prince Edward Island and places the party just 10 points behind the governing Liberals, who dropped 10 points this quarter.
When the last CRA poll was released in June, the PC party and NDP were in a virtual tie for second place. For the second time this year, the NDP has pulled ahead of the Opposition Tories – this time with a nine-point lead.
Support for the Progressive Conservative party remained stagnant at 23 per cent, compared with 22 per cent three months ago.
Redmond has also pulled well ahead of Interim PC Leader Steven Myers in personal popularity. When asked who they would most prefer as premier of P.E.I., 24 per cent of individuals polled chose Redmond – an increase of nine percentage points. This places Redmond 11 points ahead of Myers and just seven points behind Premier Robert Ghiz.
Just over four in 10 decided voters expressed support for the governing Liberal party compared with 52 per cent in June, while Ghiz’s personal popularity also declined this quarter from 38 per cent to 31.
Half of all decided voters said they are dissatisfied with the Ghiz government.
Backing for the Green party rests at three per cent, compared with 5 per cent in June.
Thirty-six per cent of Island voters are undecided or refused to supply an answer.
The poll results are based on a sample of 300 Islanders, conducted between Aug. 8 and Aug. 28, with overall results considered accurate within plus or minus 5.6 percentage points, 95 times out of 100.
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