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Premier Blaine Higgs speaking at the 2023 State of the Province address. Image: Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

More people dissatisfied with Higgs government: poll

By Brad Perry Feb 28, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Two-thirds of New Brunswickers are dissatisfied with the provincial government’s performance, according to a new survey.

Narrative Research says 66 per cent of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied, up from 58 per cent three months ago.

The number of people who reported being satisfied with the Progressive Conservative government fell to 29 per cent from 35 per cent.

“While dissatisfaction levels are high across the province, they are most prevalent in northern New Brunswick, followed by Moncton and area,” the research company said in a news release on Wednesday.

Voter support remains almost unchanged for the province’s main two parties, according to the survey.

If an election were held today, 40 per cent would vote for the Liberals, while 34 per cent would vote for the Progressive Conservatives.

The Green Party has 15 per cent support (up from 10 per cent), the NDP have eight per cent support (down from 13 per cent), and the People’s Alliance has two per cent support.

When it comes to the most preferred for premier, Liberal leader Susan Holt leads the pack at 31 per cent, compared to 25 per cent three months ago.

Blaine Higgs of the PC Party is preferred by 22 per cent, compared with 25 per cent back in November.

Around 17 per cent prefer David Coon of the Green Party, five per cent prefer interim NDP leader Alex White, and four per cent prefer Rick DeSaulniers of the People’s Alliance.

The results are part of an independent telephone survey of 400 New Brunswickers conducted from Feb. 6 to 22. Results are accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.