Published on January 24, 2014
Premier Tom Marshall. The Newfoundland Tories are seeing modest improvement in the latest Corporate Research Associates poll. — Telegram file photo
Published on March 06, 2014
The Newfoundland Liberals, under the leadership of Dwight Ball, are leading in the latest Corporate Research Associates poll. — Telegram file photo
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.