Satisfaction with Houston government’s performance remains high and stable in NS

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

December 1, 2022:

Nova Scotians remain highly satisfied with the provincial government’s performance led by Premier Houston, with six in ten (61%, compared with 62% in August 2022) satisfied, according to the latest survey by Narrative Research. Satisfaction is similar across the province.

Decided voter intentions have remained stable compared with August 2022. Four in ten decided voters (42%, compared with 43% in August 2022) would vote for the PCs if an election were held today. One-quarter would vote for the Liberals (27%, compared with 30%), while a similar proportion would vote for the New Democratic Party (25%, compared with 22%). Few decided voters would support the Green Party (5%, compared with 4%). Support for the NDP is highest in HRM and lowest elsewhere in mainland Nova Scotia.

When asked who they would prefer as Premier, Tim Houston remains the preferred choice of one-third (35%, compared with 34% in August 2022). Claudia Chender of the NDP is preferred by two in ten (20%, compared with 17%), while Zach Churchill of the Liberal Party is preferred by 17 percent (compared with 18%). Few prefer either the Green Party leader Anthony Edmonds (5%), or Jonathan Dean of the Atlantica Party (1%).  While support for Houston is similar across the province, support for Chender is higher in HRM relative to the rest of mainland Nova Scotia. 

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 605 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from November 2-28, 2022, with overall results accurate to within ±4.0 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,, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. As a non-partisan company, 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 (O)

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