- Progressive Conservatives continue the lead in voting intentions, ahead of both the Liberal and Green parties, despite a small decline.
- Dennis King remains widely preferred as premier by a large margin.
September 22, 2021: Satisfaction with the performance of the PEI provincial government led by Premier Dennis King remains very strong. Although nearly all residents express some level of satisfaction with the provincial government, well above levels from the last decade, there has been a small but consistent decline since the beginning of the year. Currently, eight in ten Islanders are satisfied with Premier Dennis King’s government (81%, compared with 86% in May 2021 and 90% in February 2021).
Satisfaction is high across regions.
Despite a small but sustained decline since the latter part of 2020, the PCs continue to be the preferred choice for nearly half of decided voters if there were an election in PEI (48%, compared with 53% in May 2021, 57% in February 2021 and 61% in November 2020). Support for the Green Party is on the rise (28%, compared with 23% in May 2021 and 21% in February 2021), while voting intentions for the Liberal Party remain consistent (17%, compared with 19% last quarter). Support for the NDP sits at seven percent (compared with 4% last quarter).
There are some differences across regions and demographics. The Liberals garner higher support in Kings County than elsewhere in the province. There is a clear preference for the PCs among residents 35 years and older, while the Green Party is the clear choice of those who are 18 to 34 years of age.
In terms of preference for premier, PC leader Dennis King continues to lead, preferred by approximately one-half of Islanders (48%, stable with 50% in May 2021). Support for other party leaders continues to be much lower and relatively stable since the beginning of the year. Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker is chosen by two in ten Islanders (22%, compared with 19% last quarter), while one-in-ten would like to see the interim leader of the Liberal Party, Sonny Gallant, as premier (9%, compared with 8% last quarter). Meanwhile, four percent would prefer the next leader of the NDP (compared with 3% in May 2021). Just over one in ten are undecided (13%, compared with 15% in May 2021), and three percent say they prefer none of the main party leaders.
These results are part of Narrative Research’s Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are drawn from a sample of 306 adult PEI residents, conducted from August 9-25, 2021, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.6 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.
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