Lib­eral sup­port grows at ex­pense of op­po­si­tion: poll

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - ST. JOHN’S, N.L. tele­[email protected]­

A seven per cent boost in sup­port for the Lib­er­als, dead heat in pref­er­ence for premier

Premier Dwight Ball’s Lib­eral party has seen a jump in sup­port in Au­gust, but it’s a dead heat be­tween Ball and Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Leader Ches Cros­bie as peo­ple’s pref­er­ence for premier, ac­cord­ing to polling con­ducted by Cor­po­rate Re­search As­so­ci­ates.

From May to Au­gust, the Lib­er­als went from 36 per cent to 43 per cent sup­port. Un­de­cided vot­ers have re­mained es­sen­tially un­changed, mean­ing the Lib­er­als drew their sup­port from the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives and the New Demo­cratic Party.

The PCs went from 42 per cent sup­port in May down to 35 per cent sup­port in Au­gust, while the NDP dropped from 22 per cent to 19 per cent be­tween polls.

When it comes to pref­er­ence for premier, an­other tale emerges. Ball and Cros­bie are at 31 per cent and 30 per cent, re­spec­tively, with sup­port for NDP Leader Gerry Rogers down from 19 per cent in May to 16 per cent in Au­gust.

Ball has re­gained the lead in pref­er­ence for premier - if only just - over the PCs. In May, pref­er­ence for Paul Davis/Ches Cros­bie was 34 per cent, while Ball saw 27 per cent pref­er­ence in that polling pe­riod.

In terms of over­all sat­is­fac­tion with the per­for­mance of the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, the num­ber has in­creased as well. In Au­gust, 43 per cent of re­spon­dents said they were mostly or com­pletely sat­is­fied with gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance, up from 38 per cent in May; 53 per cent of re­spon­dents are mostly or com­pletely dis­sat­is­fied with the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance to date.

The polling was con­ducted from Aug. 2-29, with 800 New­found­land and Labrador res­i­dents of vot­ing age polled. The poll’s mar­gin of er­ror is plus or mi­nus 3.5 per cent.


New­found­land and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball.


Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive leader Ches Cros­bie.

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