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Support for P.E.I. Liberals rebounds: CRA poll


Published on September 12, 2017

Premier Wade MacLauchlan

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Support for the governing Liberal Party of P.E.I. has rebounded this quarter, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

The party dropped to its lowest level of support in over a decade last quarter, but this quarter is back up by seven points. The Liberal party is the preferred party of choice in P.E.I. at 45 per cent.

The Green party, meanwhile, has lost ground. Last quarter it was tied for second place at 26 per cent with the Opposition Progressive Conservatives, but has since dropped by eight points to 18 per cent.

The Tories are down two points to 24 per cent and the NDP is up two points at 12 per cent this quarter.

One-quarter of Islanders remain undecided, do not know who they will vote for or refused to answer, which is virtually unchanged.

With regards to government satisfaction, one-half of P.E.I. residents say they are satisfied with the overall performance of the goverment, while just over four in 10 residents are dissatisfied at 43 per cent, a rate that has decreased by five points since May.

Unlike his party, Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s personal popularity did not see a major upswing, gaining only two points this quarter to sit at 24 per cent. Year-over-year he has lost 20 points in personal support.

Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker remains the most popular party leader in P.E.I., remaining at 37 per cent, unchanged since May.

Interim PC Leader Jamie Fox went from 15 per cent to 13 per cent this quarter. NDP Leader Mike Redmond is at five per cent, which is on par with where he was this time last year.

The results of this poll are based on a sample of 301 adult Prince Edward Islanders, conducted Aug. 3 and Sept. 5 with overall results accurate to within plus or minus 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.