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New poll finds N.S. Liberals leading in support

The Leger poll also finds a majority of Nova Scotians believe the province is headed in the right direction
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A new poll from Leger suggests a majority of Nova Scotians believe the province is headed in the right direction, even if there's uncertainty about who should lead the government.

The poll, with a small sample size of 300, was conducted between July 30 and August 2, finding that 77 per cent of Nova Scotians are optimistic about our province's future.

As for party support, 32 per cent of respondents say they would want to see Iain Rankin and the Liberal Party lead the province, while the Progressive Conservatives sit at 25 per cent, the NDP have 15 per cent and the Greens are at 4 per cent.

Polling also suggests that 17 per cent of respondents don't know who they'll vote for, and only 64 per cent of voters have made their final choice for election day. The remaining 15 per cent say they're likely to change their minds before they fill out a ballot.

Despite the majority of Nova Scotians being satisfied with the Rankin provincial government, more than a quarter of respondents don't know who would make the best premier.

While 30 per cent of respondents believe Iain Rankin would be the best person to lead the province, 26 per cent are still undecided. Tim Houston trails at 21 per cent, with Gary Burrill at 14 per cent.

Despite the uncertainty, 54 per cent of respondents say they are satisfied with the Liberal government, while 40 per cent are dissatisfied.

The poll also found that 84 per cent of respondents are satisfied with public health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This web survey was conducted from July 30 to August 2 among 300 Nova Scotians 18 years of age or older who are eligible to vote, randomly recruited from an online panel.


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