Majority satisfaction this quarter for New Brunswick PCs

  • Just over half express satisfaction for the performance of the Higgs government
  • Kevin Vickers moves past the David Coons for second place among choice of premiers

HALIFAX, December 10, 2019: Satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government led by Premier Blaine Higgs is in a majority position, with 53% of residents indicating satisfaction (compared with 50% three months ago) according to the latest survey by Narrative Research.

If an election were held today, New Brunswickers indicate the PCs would garner the highest level of support, at 37%, which is consistent with results from August 2019.  The gap between the PCs and the Liberal Party is now six points, with the Liberals sitting at 31% of decided voter support (compared with 29% in August).

This quarter sees the highest proportion of decided voters who say they would vote for the Green Party, with 21% indicating this choice, compared with 18% this summer. The New Democratic party holds onto 7% of the decided vote (compared with 3% in August), and the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick drops five points, down to 3% from 8% last quarter.

On the question of which party leader voters would most prefer as premier, Higgs maintains his command of the leadership ratings with 27% support (compared with 29% in August), while the newly minted Kevin Vickers of the Liberals garners 21% of the vote, up 5 points since August. Green Party leader David Coon holds onto 17% of residents’ favour, down 4 points, followed by 7% for Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Interim NDP leader Mackenzie Thomason received 4% of the vote.

Eighteen percent of voters don’t know which of the party leaders they prefer, and 6% prefer none of the main party leaders.

These results are part of Narrative Research’s Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from October 31 to November 22, 2019, 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. Founded in 1978 as Corporate Research Associates, Narrative Research is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. Follow us on Twitter @EveryNarrative.

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For more information, please contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO, Narrative Research at (902) 493-3830, mbrigley@narrativeresearch.ca

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