NL Liberals maintain decided voter support, with preference for Andrew Furey strong

  • Satisfaction with the performance of the NL provincial government remains strong with a new leader at the helm
  • Andrew Furey has established a strong foothold in terms of leadership preference

HALIFAX, December 8th, 2020

Satisfaction with the overall performance of the Liberal government in Newfoundland and Labrador led by Premier Andrew Furey remains strong and continues to reflect a solid majority level of satisfaction, well above pre-pandemic levels. Two-thirds of Newfoundland and Labrador residents (67%, compared with 69% in August 2020) are satisfied with the overall performance of the provincial government this quarter, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research.

Decided voter support for the Liberals has also remained steady at 58% this quarter (compared with 61% in August 2020). Voter support for the Progressive Conservatives stands at 26% (compared with 21% in August 2020). Support for the New Democratic Party remains consistent at 13% (vs 15% in August 2020), while Green Party support remains unchanged at 2%. One-quarter (25%) of residents in the province are unsure who they would vote for if an election were held today. Two percent do not plan to vote, and two percent refuse to state their choice.

“This continued level of support for the Liberal Party and its leadership reflects a high level of confidence in the government’s actions throughout the pandemic,” said Margaret Brigley, Narrative Research’s CEO.  “It’s apparent that residents feel Dwight Ball has left the party in good hands with Premier Andrew Furey.”

When considering leadership preference, new Liberal leader Andrew Furey has established a strong lead (52% compared with 46% in August 2020). Ches Crosbie is preferred by 19% of residents (compared with 17% in August 2020), while Alison Coffin holds at 10% (compared with 12% in August 2020). Fewer residents are undecided (14%, down from 19% in August 2020) on the matter of leadership, while four percent prefer none of the leaders or another candidate not listed.

These results are part of Narrative Research’s Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 800 adult residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. The survey was conducted from November 2 to December 3, 2020, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Narrative Research, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Narrative Research is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. Follow us on Twitter @EveryNarrative.

For more information, please contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO at 902-493-3830 (W); 902.222.7066 (M),; OR

Margaret Chapman, COO at 902.222.4048 (M),

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