MQO Research’s quarterly poll of 600 residents of Nova Scotia gauged the political temperature in the province for this July edition of the quarterly political poll: Atlantic Matters.
According to the latest polling numbers, support for all political parties held steady in July.
Ratings of Premier Stephen McNeil’s leadership rebounded in July. The mean rating increased from 4.7 in April to 5.2 this quarter. Meanwhile, the percentage rating the Premier’s performance a 1-5 (on a 10-point scale) dropped from 62% last quarter to 52% in July.
The public was a little more optimistic about the provincial outlook in July. 18% of respondents felt the general outlook for NS was getting better which was up from 10% in April.
Residents’ feelings about their personal wellbeing showed some movement in July. 46% rated their level of concern about their cost of living at 8 or higher (on a scale of 1-10) which was down from 54% three months ago. Similarly relatively more felt secure about their current employment with 63% giving a rating of 8 or higher compared to 58% in July. When asked about their general stress level this year, one quarter (25%) gave a rating of 8 or higher.
The Atlantic Matters poll was conducted by telephone from July 4 and July 22, 2017 and included 600 randomly selected eligible voters from across the province. The margin of error for the survey is ± 4.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Among decided and leaning voters, the margin of error for the survey is ± 4.9 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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