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

Teresa Wright twright@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 5, 2014
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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.

 

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