Fed­eral Green sup­port surges in P.E.I.

Num­bers slip for Justin Trudeau’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment

Journal Pioneer - - NEWS -

The fed­eral Green Party ap­pears to be ben­e­fit­ing from a re­cent surge in sup­port for the pro­vin­cial party in Prince Ed­ward Is­land. Ac­cord­ing to a Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ci­ates poll re­leased Tues­day, sup­port for the fed­eral Greens in P.E.I. has in­creased from 17 to 19 per cent from Fe­bru­ary to May 2018. That num­ber is the high­est by far of any At­lantic Canadian prov­ince - Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick sup­port for the Greens sits at 5 and 6 per cent, re­spec­tively, while none of the re­spon­dents in New­found­land and Labrador in­di­cated sup­port for the party. The fed­eral poll comes less than a week af­ter another CRA poll indi­cat­ing the Greens and Lib­er­als were in a vir­tual tie in pop­u­lar­ity in P.E.I. - Wade MacLauch­lan’s Lib­er­als with 34 per cent and Peter Be­van-Baker’s Greens at 33 per cent. Sup­port for the fed­eral Lib­er­als also con­tin­ued to slide in this week’s poll. In P.E.I., 53 per cent of peo­ple said they were either mostly sat­is­fied or com­pletely sat­is­fied with the over­all per­for­mance of Justin Trudeau’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, down from 57 per cent in Fe­bru­ary. Twenty-six per cent and 18 per cent said they were mostly dis­sat­is­fied or com­pletely dis­sat­is­fied, re­spec­tively. The Con­ser­va­tive Party con­tin­ued to be the most di­rect ben­e­fi­ciary of the Lib­er­als’ down­swing, with its sup­port climb­ing from 23 per cent in Fe­bru­ary to 27 per cent in May. Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer also saw a surge from 16 to 27 per cent, while the prime min­is­ter’s sup­port de­clined slightly from 39 to 37 per cent. Th­ese poll re­sults rep­re­sent the first quar­ter the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment did not re­ceive ma­jor­ity sup­port in At­lantic Canada since the Oc­to­ber 2015 fed­eral elec­tion. One-half of res­i­dents are sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. While the Lib­er­als con­tinue to en­joy a sub­stan­tial lead in terms of vot­ing in­ten­tions in the re­gion, pref­er­ence for the Lib­er­als has de­clined. The re­sults are based on a sam­ple of 1,500 adult At­lantic Cana­di­ans 18 years of age or older, con­ducted May 3-28 with over­all re­sults ac­cu­rate to within plus or mi­nus 2.5 per­cent­age points or 95 out of 100 times.

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