CRA poll shows major drop for Dunderdale
Newfoundland Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy spoke to reporters this afternoon and said that his party is taking the latest Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll numbers seriously.
The government of premier Kathy Dunderdale is in deep, deep trouble according to new polling data released today by the Halifax-based polling firm.
The PC Party is polling in third place behind both the Liberals and the NDP, and Dunderdale is people’s last choice for premier.
The latest poll marks a drop of more than 10 percentage points for Dunderdale’s party in the past three months.
According to CRA, the Tories can count on 27 per cent of public support, compared to 37 per cent for the NDP and 36 per cent for the Liberals. With a margin of error of 4.9 per cent, that puts the two opposition parties in a statistical dead heat.
Government satisfaction has also taken a hit. Sixty-three per cent of people are either partially or totally dissatisfied with the government’s performance, compared with 32 per cent who say they’re somewhat or totally satisfied.
Dunderdale’s government has been on a steady slide in the CRA’s quarterly tracking polls for more than a year. Last May, their support was nearly double what it is now. However, in the past three months, the NDP took a bit of a hit too. In February, they had 39 per cent of public support, but they dropped two points in the past three months.
That means that the Liberals have most of the political momentum at the moment; their party jumped from 22 per cent support to 36 per cent.
Kennedy said he believes that the government made the right decisions on Muskrat Falls and the budget this spring, but he said the government needs to listen to the electorate and communicate better.
New Democrat Leader Lorraine Michael said she's happy with what she's seeing, even if her party's numbers didn't go up this quarter, because they're still the most popular option for voters.