Modest improvement for Tories in new poll

James McLeod
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Things are looking a little bit better for the Tories since Kathy Dunderdale resigned as premier in late January, according to new numbers released today by Corporate Research Associates.

Government satisfaction jumped by 15 percentage points from November of 2013, when the last poll was done.

Back in November, 42 per cent of the population said they were satisfied with how the government was running things; today, it’s up to 57 per cent.

That means for the first time in more than a year, a majority of the population thinks the government is doing a satisfactory job.

The PC Party’s public support also got a bit of a bump, but they’re still not doing too well.

The Liberals are riding high; if an election were held today, they’d receive 53 per cent of the vote, and likely win a majority government.

The NDP is stuck in third place, and their numbers went down; they now have less than half the support of the second-place Tories.

As recently as last summer, New Democrat Leader Lorraine Michael was the most popular party leader in the province. Today she’s the least-popular.

Given the choice, 32 per cent of the people polled said that Premier Tom Marshall would make the best premier; Opposition Leader Dwight Ball was at 38 per cent, and only 11 per cent of the people polled said that Michael was the best choice.

The numbers will likely be a boost for the Tories, who have been in a steady slide for the past two years. The party wil pick a new permanent leader in early July.

 The Corporate Research Associates poll was conducted between Feb. 11 and March 2. They surveyed 400 residents of the  province. The poll is considered to have a margin of error of 4.9 per cent, 95 per cent of the time.



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Recent comments

  • MUN Poli Sci
    March 07, 2014 - 06:06

    I think the real acid test might be the Virginia Waters byelection. Sheila O'Leary is a unifying figure for the NDP while Cathy Bennett remains a divisive one (support for Nalcor, Bill 29) for the Liberals. Thus, it is more likely the NDP will have a stronger campaign in Virginia Waters than the Liberals. Also, the NDP need to show some glimmer of a future and will put there best organisers into this campaign while Bennett's team that did not perform well in her leadership bid will be running her effort. Finally, if the Conservatives can get a quality candidate with some profile, the race becaomes more complex and interesting.

  • Julie
    March 07, 2014 - 06:05

    We much be the dumpiest people in the world. Its how we look at things, Never with a open mind. just tunnel vision. if it isn't red or blue, we just don't have anytime for a difference color. In other words if we votes for the person, in stead of color, maybe just maybe we would be farther ahead.

  • 55CARES
    March 06, 2014 - 21:20

    People you better think again if you are suggesting that the PCs are up in the polls because of Mr. Tom Marshall. Mr. Marshall was one of the key players as to why this province is in such a financial mess. He was the Minister of Finance for approximately six of the last seven years prior to becoming premier. He was Danny’s right hand man? Just look at the mess it is in. So the people of this province are now going to blame the mess on one person and that person being Ms Kathy Dunderdale. If that is the case then the people of this province deserve what they are getting and will be getting down the road. Just look at the mess that Danny and his government left behind. Everyone including the media is hush on this. The main reason that the PCs are up in the polls is because the NDP are down in the polls. It is not because of the smooth Tom Marshall.

  • Henry
    March 06, 2014 - 19:20

    I would not worry about this poll, PC'S are up a bit, just wait until Tom Marshall leaves and Bill (Harper) Barry becomes leader the poll results will ultimately fall once again for the Progressive Conservatives. Happy once more....

  • Joe
    March 06, 2014 - 16:54

    Once Dwight Ball opens his mouth and there's nothing to come out the voters will realize he hasy nothing to offer. Have you heard from mr ball since he became leader of the liberal party? No because he has nothing to offer.

  • Randy
    March 06, 2014 - 15:58

    Typical Loarraine Michaels. Everything is someone else's fault. Keep doing what you are doing Lorraine. 7% is just around the corner

  • Scott R
    March 06, 2014 - 15:35

    Thank you James for pointing me in the right direction concerning that line, that becoming famous ( Elects Me And Find Out) , It was Dwight Ball...LOL...I guess were getting what we are paying ... No Policy Ball,, The future is bright once more..

  • Guy Incognito
    March 06, 2014 - 15:28

    Dunderdale was not leader material. On her best days she came across as arrogant. On her worst she came across as clueless. It didn't help that she had bullies like Jerome Kennedy at her side either. On the stage with Harper, Bill 29, Muskrat Falls, and finally her lack of leadership during the power outage crisis. Kaput! Not surprising that the Tories are getting a little reprieve after she left.........

  • Crazy
    March 06, 2014 - 15:13

    This got to be one of the crazies thing I every seen in politics, The man got no policy...No leadership abilities , But yet he goes up in the polls, I guess its true what they say, Do nothing and be rewarded for it. I hope the people will have the same thought in 2015, if he come to power,

  • John Smith
    March 06, 2014 - 15:09

    well, it may be true that the Liberals would receive 53% of the vote, that still leaves quite a few undecided, which if they went with the PCs would give them a majority government. Just wait untill people across the province get a good look at who is running for the liberals, and what they are saying they will far they have said absolutely...nothing....nice and safe that way...too bad the tories acutally have to make decisions and govern the province....while the liberals can sit back and do nothing...

  • ND Party
    March 06, 2014 - 13:14

    A change is needed in the NDP leadership if they hope to make any gains in the next election. As it stands now the Tories and Liberals will leave the NDP in the dust, and a return to the NDP days when Jack Harris was leader.

  • willy
    March 06, 2014 - 12:19

    I'm surprised that the NDP hasn't shown Ms. Michael the door. She should retire into the sunset and write a book about her life, I'm sure it would be interesting reading.