NS: A majority remain satisfied with the provincial government’s performance

  • The PCs increase their lead in terms of voter support
  • Houston remains most preferred as Premier, although Chender has increased support

August 24, 2023

A majority are satisfied with the performance of the provincial government led by Tim Houston, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research. Over one-half (57%, compared with 56% in May 2023) are satisfied and four in ten (39%, compared with 37%) are dissatisfied. Satisfaction levels are similar across the province.

The PCs continue to lead in terms of decided voter intentions, with an increased lead compared with three months ago. Close to one-half (47%, compared with 39% in May 2023) of decided adults would vote for the PCs if an election were held today. One-quarter would vote for the New Democratic Party (24%, unchanged). Reflecting a decline since May 2023, one-quarter (23%, down from 31%) would vote for the Liberal Party.  Few decided voters would support the Green Party (4%, compared with 5%). Support for the NDP is higher in HRM than elsewhere, while support for the PCs is higher outside Halifax.

When asked who they would prefer as Premier, Tim Houston of the PC Party maintains a lead and is the preferred choice of one-third (35%, compared with 30% in May 2023). Preference for Claudia Chender of the NDP has increased and now stands at 23% (up from 15%), while Zach Churchill of the Liberal Party is preferred by 14% (compared with 17%). Few prefer either the Green Party leader Anthony Edmonds (3%), or Kyle Woodbury of the Atlantica Party (1%) as Premier.

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 400 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from August 1-14, 2023, 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 Nova Scotian 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 Twitter at @EveryNarrative.

For more information, please contact:

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

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