MQO Research’s quarterly poll of 300 residents of Prince Edward Island gauged the political temperature in the province for this January edition of the quarterly political poll: Atlantic Matters.
According to the latest polling numbers, support for the Liberal party continued the downward trend observed last quarter.
Ratings for the leadership of Premier Wade MacLauchlan also appear to be in decline. The mean score dropped from 6.1 in October to 5.3 this quarter. This was a result of a large increase in the number of voters who rate the Premier’s leadership at 1 to 5. Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters scored the Premier 1 to 5 in January which was up from 35% just three months earlier.
Islanders also appear to be more pessimistic about the provincial outlook this quarter. 27% felt the general outlook for the province has been getting worse which was up from 16% last quarter.
Despite the decline in the provincial outlook, Islanders perceptions about their personal wellbeing held relatively steady in January.
The Atlantic Matters poll was conducted by telephone from January 13 to January 16, 2017 and included 300 randomly selected eligible voters from across the province. The margin of error for the survey is ±5.65 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Among decided and leaning voters, the margin of error is ±7.0 percentage points 19 out of 20 times.
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