Liberals maintain wide lead but PCs narrowing gap: CRA poll

Teresa Wright twright@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on September 3, 2014

The Liberal party of P.E.I. continues to be the party of choice among decided voters in Prince Edward Island, but the Opposition Progressive Conservatives are starting to regain support, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

The Liberals dropped five points in August, with a current backing of 48 per cent of decided P.E.I. voters.

Meanwhile, the PC party has gained five points since the last poll was conducted in May and now stands at 28 per cent. That’s the highest level of party support the Progressive Conservatives have seen in over a year. It has also placed them firmly ahead of the NDP, which also dropped five points this quarter, falling to 16 per cent.

The Green party of P.E.I. also saw gains, with an increase of four points this quarter to stand now at seven per cent.

Half of Island voters remain satisfied with the Robert Ghiz government, a drop of only three points to 52 per cent since May. The percentage of those who are dissatisfied with the Ghiz government has remained unchanged at 41 per cent.

Ghiz also remains the most popular leader at 36 per cent, but did drop three points this quarter.

NDP Leader Mike Redmond continues to be the second choice for preferred party leader at 18 per cent, despite the fact his party has not elected any members to the Legislative Assembly in decades.

Interim PC Leader Steven Myers gained two points, but remains the third place choice for leader at 14 per cent.

Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker dropped one point to five per cent.

The percentage of Islanders who refused to state a party preference or who are undecided remains steady at 33 per cent.

Results are based on a telephone survey of 300 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted between Aug. 14 to Sept. 1, 2014 with overall results accurate to within plus or minus 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

The margin of error for voters who specified their political party preference is higher, as it is based on a sample size of only 188 voters.

Party results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 7.1 per cent.