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Majority of N.B. residents dissatisfied with government’s performance: survey

By Brad Perry Dec 6, 2023 | 6:35 AM

Most New Brunswickers remain dissatisfied with the performance of Premier Blaine Higgs, according to a new poll.

The latest survey from Narrative Research finds 58 per cent are dissatisfied, compared with 59 per cent three months ago.

A total of 35 per cent said they were satisfied with the government’s overall performance, down from 37 per cent.

The Liberals have a slight lead in terms of support from decided voters. according to the survey.

Around 41 per cent said they would vote for the Liberals (compared with 38 per cent) if an election were held today while 35 per cent would vote for the PCs (compared with 36 per cent).

The NDP received 13 per cent support (up from eight per cent), the Green Party has 10 per cent support (down from 16 per cent) and the People’s Alliance has the backing of two per cent of voters (compared with one per cent).

Blaine Higgs of the PCs and Susan Holt of the Liberals are tied as most preferred for premier at 25 per cent each.

Higgs is up from 23 per cent three months ago while Holt is down from 28 per cent.

Around 15 per cent prefer David Coon of the Green Party, six per cent prefer interim NDP leader Alex White, and three per cent prefer Rick DeSaulniers of the People’s Alliance.

These results are drawn from a sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from Nov. 1 to 27, and are accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.