NB: The Liberals lead in terms of voting intentions.

  • A growing majority is dissatisfied with the performance of the provincial government.
  • Susan Holt of the Liberal Party leads as most preferred as Premier.

February 28, 2024

An increasing majority of New Brunswickers express dissatisfaction with the performance of the provincial government led by Premier Blaine Higgs, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research.

Two-thirds of residents (66%, up from 58% in November 2023) are currently dissatisfied with the government’s overall performance, while three in ten (29%, compared with 35%) are satisfied. While dissatisfaction levels are high across the province, they are most prevalent in northern New Brunswick, followed by Moncton and area.

When considering voting intentions, the Liberals maintain a slight lead in terms of support from decided voters. Four in ten would vote for the Liberals (40%, compared with 41% in November 2023) if an election were held today, while slightly fewer would vote for the PCs (34%, compared with 35%). Support for the Green Party is much smaller (15%, compared with 10%) as is support for the NDP (8%, compared with 13%). The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick has the backing of 2% of decided voters (unchanged).

Susan Holt of the Liberal Party gains the lead as most preferred for Premier. Holt is preferred by three in ten (31%, compared with 25% in November 2023), while Blaine Higgs of the PC party is preferred by two in ten (22%, compared with 25%). Just under two in ten prefer David Coon of the Green Party (17%, compared with 15%), while only a small minority prefer either Alex White, interim leader of the NDP (5%, compared with 6%) or Rick DeSaulniers of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (4%, compared with 3%).

These results are part of Narrative Research’s Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are drawn from a sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from February 6 – 22, 2024, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times. The results are weighted by region, age, and gender to reflect the overall New Brunswick adult population.

Narrative Research, www.narrativeresearch.ca, is a non-partisan, 100% Canadian-owned research company, certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE). Follow us on LinkedIn or at narrativeresearch.ca/news.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO, Narrative Research at 902.493.3830, mbrigley@narrativeresearch.ca

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