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Satisfaction with Stephen McNeil's Liberals hits new low : poll

35 per cent of voters say they're satisfied with the Liberals -- down 6 points in 3 months
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Satisfaction with the Nova Scotia Liberal Party has slipped to the lowest level of Premier Stephen McNeil's government.

According to the latest quarterly poll by Narrative Research, formerly known as Corporate Research Associates, 35 per cent of voters say they're satisfied with the Liberals -- down 6 points in 3 months.

Narrative Research says that's two points below than the lowest recorded point of NDP Premier Darrell Dexter's government, which had a 37 per cent satisfaction rating in August, 2012.

Fifty six per cent say they're dissatisfied with the current provincial government's performance.

The polling company's COO says there's still plenty of time for the party to turn that around before the next election, but it will likely be a challenge.

"It's pretty important to note, when we see dissatisfaction this high, it's very rare for a government to be re-elected," explains Margaret Chapman. "In fact we've never seen a government re-elected in this region if their satisfaction level is below 50 per cent, so when he's at 35 per cent here, there's certainly a lot to turn around before the election comes."

When it comes to voter support, the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals remain in a statistical tie. If an election were held today, 33 percent of decided voters would cast their ballot for the PCs, while 31 per cent would mark an X beside the name of a Liberal candidate. Twenty one per cent would vote for the New Democrats, and the Green Party has surged up to 13 per cent compared to 5 per cent in February.

Chapman tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show that's the first time the Greens have hit double digits in Nova Scotia.

"We're seeing that across the region, that the Greens are being taken more seriously and there's a rise in popularity," she says.

Thirty-one percent of voters remain undecided, while 6 per cent don't plan to vote and 4 per cent didn't want to answer the question.

However Stephen McNeil is still the top pick when it comes to leader preference, with 24 per cent wanting to see him continue on as Premier. Twenty per cent would prefer the PC's Tim Houston lead the province, 15 per cent want the NDP leader Gary Burrill, the Green's Thomas Trappenberg is favoured by 10 per cent, and 2 per cent support Atlantic Party leader Ryan Smyth.

The results are based on a sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians through a telephone survey conducted from May 1 to 23, 2019, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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