High satisfaction with the performance of the newly-elected provincial government of Nova Scotia.

November 29, 2021

Nova Scotians are clearly satisfied with their new provincial government’s performance, after three months in power. Indeed, satisfaction with the overall performance of the newly elected provincial government stands at 67% this quarter, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research. Satisfaction levels are consistently high across the province and satisfaction levels increase notably with age and with household income levels.

“Since assuming power, Premier Houston and his team have taken a firm stance on COVID-19 pandemic preventative measures. Swift actions were also put in place to address PC campaign promises, most notably the plan to reform health care, introduction of a fixed election date, and introduction of its climate change bill,” said Margaret Brigley, CEO & Partner, Narrative Research.  “While the government’s first session of the Legislature was not without drama, findings show Nova Scotians strongly endorse the new government’s actions to date.”

If an election were held today, decided voter intentions reflect the high levels of satisfaction. More than four in ten decided voters (42%) indicated they would vote for the PCs (which reflects an increase in public support since the election, with popular vote at 38%).  By comparison, approximately one-quarter would vote for either the Liberals (26%) or the New Democratic Party (24%) if an election were held today. Few decided voters would support the Green Party (5%) or the People’s Party of Canada (2%). Voting intentions for the PCs is higher among older residents and those with higher annual household incomes. Preference for the NDP is higher among younger residents.

When asked who they would prefer as Premier, not surprisingly, newly elected Premier Tim Houston is the preferred choice (38%). Iain Rankin is preferred by 19%, while preference for next leader of the NDP stands at 16%. Few prefer either the new Green Party leader Anthony Edmonds (3%), or Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party (2%).

These results are part of Narrative Research’s Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are drawn from an overall sample of 800 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 4-21, 2021, with overall results accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Narrative Research, www.narrativeresearch.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. As a non-partisan company, Narrative Research is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. Follow us on Twitter at @EveryNarrative.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO & Partner: 902.493.3830 (W); 902.222.7066 (M), mbrigley@narrativeresearch.ca

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