NS: Satisfaction with Houston government’s performance has declined since last November, while voting intentions remain stable.

  • The PCs continue to have a wide lead in terms of voter support
  • Houston remains most preferred as Premier

March 7, 2023:

The gap between the proportion of residents satisfied and dissatisfied with the performance of the provincial government has narrowed, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research. There has been a decline in satisfaction with the provincial government’s performance led by Premier Houston, with just over one-half (52%, down from 61% in November 2022) satisfied and four in ten (41%, up from 32%) dissatisfied. Satisfaction levels are similar across the province.

Decided voting intentions have remained stable compared with November 2022. Just under one-half of decided adults (46%, compared with 42% in November 2022) would vote for the PCs if an election were held today. One-quarter would vote for the Liberals (25%, compared with 27%), while a similar proportion would vote for the New Democratic Party (24%, compared with 25%). 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 highest in mainland NS outside Halifax.

When asked who they would prefer as Premier, Tim Houston of the PC Party remains the preferred choice of one-third (34%, compared with 35% in November 2022). Claudia Chender of the NDP is preferred by slightly fewer than two in ten (17%, compared with 20%), while Zach Churchill of the Liberal Party is preferred by 15% (compared with 17%). Few prefer either the Green Party leader Anthony Edmonds (4%), or Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party (2%). While support for Houston is similar across the province, 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 450 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 8-23, 2023, with overall results accurate to within ±4.6 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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