MQO Research spoke with 600 residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to gauge the political temperature in the province for the January edition of our quarterly political poll: Atlantic Matters.
According to the latest polling numbers, the gap between the governing Liberals and the PC Party narrowed in January. Among decided and leaning voters:
Ratings for the leadership of Premier Dwight Ball exhibited little change this quarter with a score of 4.8 (on a 10-point scale).
The economic outlook for the province deteriorated in January. 52% of residents of Newfoundland and Labrador reported that their outlook on the economy had worsened over the past three months, up from 45% in October. 36% indicated their outlook had stayed the same, down from 43 percent while the percentage who felt things had gotten better held steady at 10%.
Despite the pessimistic outlook for the economy, consumer confidence is slightly more positive compared to the same time last year. 57% expressed a high level of security in their current employment, up significantly from 46% a year ago. Additionally, the percentage of those feeling higher levels of stress in general edged down four percentage points to 25% in January.
The Atlantic Matters poll was conducted by telephone from Jan. 12th to Jan. 25th, 2018 and included 600 randomly selected eligible voters from across the province. The margin of error for the total sample is ± 4.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Among decided and leaning voters, the margin of error is ± 5.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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