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Most NBers dissatisfied with provincial government: survey

By Brad Perry Jun 7, 2024 | 4:46 AM

A majority of New Brunswickers remain dissatisfied with the provincial government’s performance.

That is according to the latest quarterly survey results from Narrative Research released on Thursday.

Sixty-three per cent said they are dissatisfied with the government’s performance, down from 66 per cent three months earlier.

The number of people who said they are satisfied with the government’s performance remained unchanged at 29 per cent.

Dissatisfaction levels are highest in northern New Brunswick (71 per cent) and lowest in the Moncton area (57 per cent).

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

If an election were held today, 37 per cent would vote for the Liberals (compared with 40 per cent in February), while 34 per cent (unchanged) would vote for the PCs.

Support for the NDP rose to 13 per cent from eight per cent, while support for the Green Party fell to 13 per cent from 15 per cent. The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick has the backing of one per cent of decided voters.

According to Narrative Research, support for the Liberals is higher among those whose first language is French, while support for the PCs is higher among those whose first language is English.

Liberal Leader Susan Holt remains most preferred for premier, although the survey noted the gap has closed.

Holt is preferred by 25 per cent (down from 31 per cent) while Blaine Higgs of hte PC Party is preferred by 20 per cent (compared with 22 per cent).

Around 15 per cent prefer David Coon of the Green Party (compared with 17 per cent), seven per cent prefer interim NDP Leader Alex White, and three per cent prefer Rick DeSaulniers of the People’s Alliance.

The number of people who answered “don’t know/no answer” or “none of the above” stood at 28 per cent, compared with 16 per cent three months ago.

These results are drawn from a random sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from May 8 to 30, with overall results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.