Support and satisfaction remain high for PEI’s King government.

  • This quarter there is an increase in both satisfaction levels with government and preference for King as Premier 
  • PCs extend their lead in voting intentions vis-à-vis the Liberals and Greens

HALIFAX, December 8th, 2020

Satisfaction with the performance of the PEI provincial government led by Premier Dennis King has increased slightly this quarter (91%, up from 85% in August 2020), and is comparable to the record high witnessed in May 2020.

Decided voter support for the PCs also experienced a notable increase this quarter and now rests at 61% (up from 48% in August 2020). Support for the Liberal Party sits at 19% (compared to 23% in August), and is essentially tied with support for the Green Party (18%, compared to 25% in August). Support for the NDP sits at 2% (consistent with 4% in August) and 1% of voters mention ‘other.’ Two in ten PEI voters (18%) are undecided, and 9% either refuse to state which party they support, or do not plan to vote in the next provincial election.

“The government has introduced numerous restrictions in response to the global pandemic that directly impact businesses and residents,” said Margaret Brigley, Narrative Research’s CEO.  “Despite those actions, the levels of overall satisfaction enjoyed by the provincial government since the pandemic are unprecedented, suggesting Islanders are supportive of the government’s actions during these difficult times.”

In terms of leadership preference, residents’ preference for PC leader Dennis King as premier is very high and above pre-pandemic levels, with just over one-half of Islanders voicing preference for King (54%, up from 45% in August 2020). Preference for the Green Party’s Peter Bevan-Baker as premier stands at 19% (down from 26% in August 2020). Meanwhile, interim Liberal Party leader Sonny Gallant is the choice of 9% (holding steady since May 2020), and 1% prefer the next leader of the NDP (compared with 4% in August 2020 when Joe Byrne was party leader). Fifteen percent of Islanders are undecided on the matter of leadership, and 2% 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 based on a sample of 300 adult PEI residents, conducted from November 11-29, 2020, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.7 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

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For more information, please contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO at 902-493-3830 (W); 902.222.7066 (M),


Margaret Chapman, COO at 902.222.4048 (M),

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