Premier Kathy Dunderdale told reporters this morning that she is not surprised by the latest Corporate Research Associates poll numbers, showing a decline in satisfation with the provincial PC government.
She said it has been a tough few months, but her government has to continue to do what is right, not what is always popular.
Dunderdale said she's got to do what's best for the province, even it if isn't the most popular thing. She said that the month that CRA was polling was an especially tough time for government, with attacks coming from the public sector unions, and a looming budget deficit.
"We've had a major ad campaign anti-government going on for the past two months, we're in the middle of a budget where we know that cuts are coming. I'm not a bit surprised," she said. "I made a commitment to do what I believe is in the best interest of the people of the province and to run a principled government, and I can't make decisions to be popular."
Overall satisfaction with the performance of the Newfoundland PC government declined this quarter, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Less than half (45 per cent, down from 58 per cent three months ago) of residents are either completely or mostly satisfied with the performance of the PC government, according to the latest poll results.
Meanwhile, more than half (52 per cent, up from 3 per cent) are dissatisfied with the performance of the current government, while three per cent didn't offer a definite opinion (compared with 4 per cent previously).
Four in 10 decided voters said they backed the PCs (38 per cent, down from 46 per cent in November 2012). Support for the NDP is at almost the same level as the PCs, 39 per cent, up from 31 per cent.
Support for the Liberals is stable at 22 per cent (compared with 23 per cent), while less than one percent said they prefer the Green Party (unchanged). One-quarter are undecided, do not plan to vote, or did not state a preference (26 per cent, compared with 27 per cent).
The full release on the poll results can be found HERE.
For full story, see Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.