P.E.I. Liberals hold wide lead in voter support: poll

Teresa Wright
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Robert Ghiz’s Liberals remain the party of choice in Prince Edward Island and maintain a wide lead over the NDP and Progressive Conservatives, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

The Liberal party gained four points this quarter and now have the support of over half of decided voters in P.E.I.

Satisfaction with the Ghiz government did drop seven points since November to 43 per cent, while dissatisfaction remained steady at 51 per cent.

But the other political parties in P.E.I. remain well behind the governing Liberals.

The NDP remains in second place ahead of the Opposition Tories for the third consecutive quarter. But the party, which has no elected members, did drop four points this quarter to 22 per cent.

The Progressive Conservatives did not gain or lose support since the last poll was conducted, holding steady at 17 per cent.

Premier Robert Ghiz held onto his position as most popular leader at 35 per cent, unchanged since last quarter.

NDP Leader Mike Redmond is second behind Ghiz in personal popularity at 19 per cent, but lost six points since November.

Meanwhile, Interim PC Leader Steven Myers has the backing of one in 10 Islanders, down three points to nine per cent.

The Green party held steady at seven per cent and leader Peter Bevan-Baker gained one point and stands also at seven per cent in personal support.

One in 10 Islanders prefer none of these leaders, while 18 per cent are undecided or did not offer an opinion – an increase of seven percentage points.

The number of Islanders undecided about which party they would vote for rests at 27 per cent, compared with 29 per cent last quarter.

These results are based on a sample of 300 adult Islanders, surveyed by telephone between Feb. 6 and Feb. 27.

Overall results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

The margin of error for voters who said which political party they prefer is higher, as it is based on a sample size of 183 voters. Party results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 7.2 per cent.

 

Check back to The Guardian's website later for an update to this story. Full details in tomorrow's print and e-editions of The Guardian.

 

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Organizations: NDP, Progressive Conservatives, Corporate Research Associates The Guardian The Green

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • We dont need governments
    March 06, 2014 - 06:26

    Let's not vote for the same old 3 parties any more, just vote in 3 honest people one for each county,then we won't have to deal with gov waste or deal with pensions, there was a counselor from Stratford in the news at Xmas time saying that Stratford had a balanced budget ,just get those who can balance the books,kick Sheridan to the curb first,he has no desire or education to balance anything whatsoever, then this little over governed island might survive.

  • don
    March 05, 2014 - 21:30

    as i said myers is a JOKE. and just a little boy wanting to be a man in power. well maybe if he had a set and told the back room bullies to shut up. he would find out just how important he is to the party. and they pc party will never get in unless they get olive back and fire the back room boys.

  • Actually
    March 05, 2014 - 19:44

    The best thing ever for the liberals is for Steven Myers and Mike Redmond to continue to play at politics- guaranteed win for the Liberals next election.

  • Dan
    March 05, 2014 - 19:42

    In other news, 43% of Islanders are idiots.

  • Sir Isaac Newton
    March 05, 2014 - 16:25

    What goes up, must come down.

  • Unicorns are into the legislature now
    March 05, 2014 - 14:41

    LOL....lol....lol,that's the biggest joke I heard all week,where and who have done this phony poll,man oh man what we're they smoking,lol...I'm still laughing, with the financial state of our island and people leaving here everyday,this island is gone done the sewer with this dictator in government is sinking this is island beyond. Repair our next 3 generations will never fix the mess,I would like to know how this smoke screen of a poll was done, sounds like if was such a poll it was tampered with big time....lol....lol.

    • huh
      March 05, 2014 - 16:03

      So you expected Steven Myers or Mike Redmond to have the lead? Why? No, the CRA poll hasn't been corrupted to falsely show the Liberals in the lead. That's actually quite ridiculous. The polls reflect two things: there are Islanders who would vote Liberal no matter what; and, there is still no strong opposition to Ghiz (Steven Myers? Come on).

  • Chester L
    March 05, 2014 - 14:26

    No comment, do not want to waste any ink here............:(

  • johnthames
    March 05, 2014 - 13:56

    This poll data just proves the Liberals bought the vote with PNP and the effects are as long lasting as the millions dolled out to friends and many others. A major crime was done here, the media largely ignored it as many media members received PNP along with most prominent islanders and connected liberals. Even my neighbour, who is a pot dealer and low level criminal got two units. How nice. No Sir, the Libs are a poor government, the two in waiting even poorer, PNP bought a ton of votes, and the economy and jobs are in the tank. Guess it's time to pack up and leave.

  • Simone
    March 05, 2014 - 13:48

    When the pollsters phoned me,I asked if my dog was in the running.She is intelligent,works on command,and will not require a pension.The interviewer told me I would have to vote for the leader of a party to which I responded" not for Ghiz,never for Ghiz ,and until an intelligent candidate appears,I will continue to support my Spaniel in the next election".These polls are a farce and their only purpose is to inflate Ghizs' ego!They reflect nothing.

  • country boy
    March 05, 2014 - 13:26

    This is no surprise. There is no viable competent opposition. We should follow the lead of the Northern Territories. No party affiliation . Good people run and from those a premier is elected. You will have good people representing different points of view governing this providence. They would serve the public instead of answering to the backroom power brokers. This province is too small to continue in its present format.

    • Moving
      March 05, 2014 - 14:20

      I want to move to this country! Trust has eroded for all the parties, vote for the people who represent our values is the way to vote. I'm all for the system in the territories

  • Wayne Weeks
    March 05, 2014 - 13:21

    Democracy does not please all, but in name only. Those in favor of the popular choice and the complainers who for the most part are the other political party they have chose. Democracy is never perfect and not always right but the best we have and we are all for it. If it wasn't for complainers and nay sayers it wouldn't work. The for and against is part of the sum that makes it work.

  • Fed up
    March 05, 2014 - 13:03

    Who did they poll? Must have all been Loberal voters...with the things Ghiz and his puppets are doing! He is sinking the Island as fast as he can...and making/changing the rules/laws as he goes! What is wrong with people who still think he is great?!? Possibly because no other choice. We have to stop voting FoR someone when we aren't really...we are voting AGAINST someone else... Definitely We should Not Vote for GHIZ!

    • Steve
      March 05, 2014 - 15:59

      Fine, but who do you intend to vote for, then, and why?

  • teresa
    March 05, 2014 - 12:38

    Someone should do a poll on this poll to see if anyone actually believes the results.

  • ShouldHave
    March 05, 2014 - 12:37

    The article should be titled Islanders continue to get more stupid.

  • Steve
    March 05, 2014 - 12:20

    Not surprising. As bad as the Ghiz Liberals are, who else is there? The conservatives are completely disfunctional right now. The NDP has nothing to offer other than higher taxes, higher deficits and a complete mistrust of the private sector (right, Leo?). The Greens aren't a serious party to begin with. Maybe once James Aylward has a chance to take over and exert some discipline in the PC's, they'll be in a position to take over the reigns, but until then, a bit more time for young Robert....by default.

    • Not Surprising.
      March 05, 2014 - 16:18

      Not surprising to some. That is because Islanders are Profoundly stupid. They are suckers who believe garbage like you are spewing about the NDP. Clueless sheep who have been drinking the kool aid they have been fed by the two parties that have driven PEI into the ground. These same idiots will continue to give these two parties more time to destroy the Island willfully stupid about how the NDP party would change things for the better.

  • don
    March 05, 2014 - 12:12

    where is the new olive crane party? we need you to be a next leader of PEI. as the fake leader of the pc's is a joke. and they will not get a real leader till they fire the bullies in the back room.

    • Olive supporter
      March 05, 2014 - 12:47

      Totally agree with Don...Olive is the future and until the "old boys" realize that, they are toast !! Currently no options for voters !!!

    • huh
      March 05, 2014 - 15:57

      yet, opinion polls for Olive were also weak. How does "Don" and "Olive Supporter" explain that?

    • Olive supporter
      March 05, 2014 - 16:40

      ...the back room bought polls to get rid of her- even current MLA's said that ... still Olives' numbers were never as bad as Steves'.