NS: The PCs increase their lead in terms of voter support.

  • A majority remain satisfied with the provincial government’s performance.
  • Houston remains most preferred as Premier, while preference for Chender has declined.

December 5, 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 (53%, compared with 57% in August 2023) are satisfied and four in ten (41%, compared with 39%) are dissatisfied. Satisfaction levels are higher outside HRM.

The PCs continue to lead in terms of decided voter intentions, with an increased lead compared with three months ago. Over one-half (52%, compared with 47% in August 2023) of decided adults would vote for the PCs if an election were held today. One-fifth would vote for the New Democratic Party (22%, compared with 24%), while the same proportion would vote for the Liberal Party (21%, compared with 23%).  Few decided voters would support the Green Party (3%, compared with 4%).

When asked who they would prefer as Premier, Tim Houston of the PC Party maintains a lead and is the preferred choice of more than one-third (37%, compared with 35% in August 2023). Preference for Claudia Chender of the NDP has declined and now stands at 15% (down from 23%), while Zach Churchill of the Liberal Party is preferred by 13% (compared with 14%). 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 November 1- 21, 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.

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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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