NS: While a majority remain satisfied with the provincial government’s performance, the PCs have less of a lead in terms of voter support

  • The PCs continue to lead in terms of voter support, but with a narrower margin
  • Houston remains most preferred as Premier

May 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 (56%, compared with 52% in February 2023) are satisfied and just under four in ten (37%, compared with 41%) are dissatisfied. Satisfaction levels are similar across the province.

The PCs have less of a lead in terms of decided voter intentions compared with February 2023. Four in ten decided adults (39%, compared with 46% in February 2023) would vote for the PCs if an election were held today. Three in ten would vote for the Liberals (31%, compared with 25%), while one-quarter would vote for the New Democratic Party (24%, unchanged). Few decided voters would support the Green Party (5%, compared with 4%). 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 three in ten (30%, compared with 34% in February 2023). Zach Churchill of the Liberal Party is preferred by 17% (compared with 15%), while Claudia Chender of the NDP is preferred by 15% (compared with 17%). Few prefer either the Green Party leader Anthony Edmonds (6%), or the next leader of the Atlantica Party (1%). Preference for Houston is lowest in Halifax and highest in mainland Nova Scotia outside Halifax, while support for Chender is higher in HRM relative to elsewhere.

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 May 3-16, 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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