NL Provincial government satisfaction reaches peak at the end of 2019

  • Satisfaction with the NL Liberals increases five percentage points.
  • Party support holds steady across party lines.

HALIFAX, December 10, 2019: Just over half of Newfoundland and Labrador residents now express satisfaction for the performance of the provincial government led by Premier Dwight Ball, according to a recent survey conducted by Narrative Research.

Satisfaction among residents has jumped five points, up to 52% from 47% over the summer, representing the highest level of overall satisfaction rated during 2019. However, a minority indicate dissatisfaction, with 42% expressing this view.

In terms of decided voter intentions, results are fairly consistent since August, with the Liberal Party maintaining 42% of the vote, with the Progressive Conservative Party standing at 33% (compared with 32% in August). Support for the New Democratic Party stands at 24%, compared with 23% in August, at which time there had been a jump in support following the May election, when levels were at 7%.

Twenty-two percent of NL voters are undecided, 2% do not plan to vote in the next provincial election, and 4% refuse to state which party they support.

On the question of leadership, Ball remains the preferred choice of premier among 36% of voters. Less than one-quarter (23%) voiced preference for Ches Crosbie of the PC party, while two in ten named Alison Coffin of NDP as the preference choice for premier (19%).

Eleven percent of voters say they don’t know whom they prefer as premier, and 10% support none of the party leaders.

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 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,, 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 at @EveryNarrative.


For more information, please contact: Margaret Brigley, CEO, Narrative Research, at (902) 493-3830,

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