Dwight’s al­right: Lib­er­als hold lead in MQO poll

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Just over a year out from the next provin­cial elec­tion, the PCs are slowly gain­ing on the Lib­er­als in pop­u­lar­ity.

The poll, con­ducted by MQO re­search, sug­gests 44 per cent sup­port for Premier Dwight Ball’s Lib­eral party. The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives un­der Ches Cros­bie have seen a two per cent in­crease in sup­port from the pre­vi­ous poll, now with 38 per cent of pub­lic sup­port. Gerry Rogers’ New Demo­cratic Party also main­tained its level of sup­port, with 16 per cent of re­spon­dents plan­ning to mark an X for Rogers.

But there’s plenty of sup­port still up for grabs. Ac­cord­ing to the poll, 35 per cent of vot­ers are un­de­cided.

Ball’s ap­proval rat­ing also re­mained the same from the pre­vi­ous poll, with an av­er­age rat­ing of 4.8 out of 10. Sixty-one per cent of re­spon­dents gave Ball a rat­ing be­tween one and five.

When it comes to vot­ers’ out­look on how the prov­ince is do­ing, pes­simism is the ma­jor­ity po­si­tion: 52 per cent of re­spon­dents said the out­look on the econ­omy has wors­ened over the last three months, with 37 per cent say­ing it’s stayed the same, and just nine per cent feel­ing the econ­omy has got­ten bet­ter over the last three months.

The At­lantic Mat­ters poll was con­ducted by tele­phone from July 12 to Aug. 2 and in­cluded 600 ran­domly se­lected el­i­gi­ble vot­ers from across the prov­ince. The mar­gin of er­ror for the to­tal sam­ple is plus or mi­nus 4.0 per­cent­age points 19 times out of 20.

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