Government’s popularity still in decline in latest CRA poll

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale's popularity up by one point, at 22 per cent

A new poll has painted a bleak picture for Premier Kathy Dunderdale and the PC Party, but the numbers will give a boost to the Liberals.

According to quarterly polling done by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates, the Liberals have 41 per cent of public support, compared to 33 per cent for the NDP and 26 per cent for the PC Party.

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is the most popular political leader, with 35 per cent of people saying she'd be the best choice for premier. Dunderdale has 22 per cent support, and Eddie Joyce has 21 per cent for the Liberals.

The PC Party has been on a steady slide for more than a year, and the latest numbers are their lowest levels yet.

The Liberals, meanwhile, have had a pretty good few months; five leadership candidates are vying for the top job in the party, and last week Independent MHA Tom Osborne joined the Liberal Party.

Meanwhile, the NDP saw a small dip in support as well — down five percentage points since the spring.

October will mark the two-year anniversary for Dunderdale since she won a majority in the 2011 general election. On election day in 2011, the PCs took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote.

This is a corrected version.



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  • Henry
    September 06, 2013 - 07:52

    There's no coming back from this one Kathy. You had your chance at glory..... and failed us by placing the province in debt and serving up misery to most Newfoundlanders because of it.... Only prosperity is in St. John's..... The rest of us represent have not I guess......

  • Michael
    September 06, 2013 - 02:33

    For one thing not enough people register and actually go out and vote then complain which is terrible. It's a shame so many take the right to vote for granted. It happens all over Canada and even in the States, so many people that could vote don't do it then they complain. If you don't vote then your voice isn't being heard. Now as far as this election coming up I say vote for the person who you feel is going to do the most to help the middle and low income people, not just talk about it but the person that will actually do something. I can understand why public opinion is low with the Conservatives all one has to do is look around gas prices are high all over the place as well as food prices now if someone would address that alone to figure out a way to bring gas prices down at least a good 25 cents per litre that would also bring down food prices and put more money in the pockets of everyone which would actually help boost the economy which would also boost taxes the government collects, a win win situation for everyone. The government would have more money to get important things done such as better road conditions, more affordable housing, more to invest in healthcare, education, clean water. If the media starts asking questions about topics like this there will be a good debate and something good just might come out the upcoming election. Rent control would be another good thing to add to the debate, it's terrible how much some are expected to pay just to try and have a place to live and then have almost nothing left to meet their basic needs. Has anyone noticed that gas prices all over the country seem to be the highest ever since the Conservatives have had power? There was also a great deal of talk from Conservatives about relief in more remote areas about food prices, how well do you think that is working? Seems to me it just might be time to give the NDP a chance. The NDP seems to understand that the poor and middle income people are being squeezed and need some relief.

  • Brian
    September 05, 2013 - 20:11

    The current leader of the government will step aside late this fall . The resignation will be after the fall sitting. There will be a leadership review in the spring .The current leader will not stand for re-election in the next general election .

  • Scott
    September 05, 2013 - 19:57

    Manitoban, Ours freedom of choice was taken away from us on July 5/2013, by the provincial liberal party, when they said no to Mr Murphy. So think first before you goes putting down the NDP.

  • Corner Boy
    September 05, 2013 - 19:28

    Go on back to "da boot", and take your hideous Bill 29 Official Secrets Act with you...

  • Mike
    September 05, 2013 - 19:05

    From a political perspective, all "Green Mile" fans must be thinking: dead woman walking. Dunderdale's political career is all but over. She must realize that there is no salvaging her leadership. The tories cannot get rid of her until after October 2014, to do so would trigger an election before the 2015 date currently set. Mark my words, Dunderdale will not be the leader long after October 2014. They won't just kick her to the curb. She will be allowed to leave "for personal reasons" know, to spend more time with family. Then 3-4 months later, she will quietly be appointed to a board or other plum position that will bring cries of blatant patronage, but she will be taken care of before the tories announce their new leader. Not bad when you consider that Dunderdale shares the dubious distinction of ranking with George W. and Palin on the intelligence scale. Bravo for her!

  • Mitch
    September 05, 2013 - 17:44

    If this Government wants to improve in the two years they have left, they have to settle all outstanding contracts with its workers and something has to happen that shows a positive light to the electorate. All that has been talked about for the last two years is Muskrat Falls. People are sick of it and it should be a memory. It's being built now anyway. Government currently has about 50,000 people without contracts. This includes nurses, teachers and the public service. I think the doctors are also in the process of negotiating a new deal. You take that and multiply it to account for family members and you have an awful lot of people a bit miffed with this curernt Governemnt. It's a long road to recovery for the PC's if things continue on the path it is on now. I'd said KD is ready to throw it all in before Christmas.

  • Randy
    September 05, 2013 - 17:37

    People need to remember that we have Dunderdale because of the mess the Liberals created before her. Even Tom Osborne remembers the mess left behind by Grimes and gang. Time for NDP

  • Eric
    September 05, 2013 - 15:52

    You can take this to the bank too, Port de Grave is going back Liberal. This PC thing just isn't working out here.

  • Danny
    September 05, 2013 - 14:50

    I thought Cathy quit politics...oh

  • n
    September 05, 2013 - 14:46

    Good to see that if indeed we change governing parties we will go with the moderately left Liberals as opposed to the extreme left, labour bought NDP. Thank God there is still some common sense in this land of ours.

  • keith
    September 05, 2013 - 13:50

    not sure why PC's are doing so bad or why the other partys are doing so well, PCs need a better leader to sell what they are doing, big downfall from danny

  • Steve from carbonear
    September 05, 2013 - 13:48

    Na na na na na na na na...... Hey hey hey goodbye dunderdale

  • Linda
    September 05, 2013 - 12:30

    Manitoban, Then explain to the people of our province of N & L, Was it the NDP or the PCS, who took away our freedom of choice on July 5/2013? When they denied Charles Murphy the right to run for the provincial liberal leadership race. All because of his article of June 24/2013 in the western star. Now as you were saying..LOL

  • Harry
    September 05, 2013 - 12:17

    Why is everybody all over this lady back? Is it about Bill 29? or is it about Muskrat falls? Or is it about the school system? Maybe health care - roads - fisheries - Whats the problems? I guess everyone is thinking, maybe the ndp or the liberal are the great white hope. Try talking to ones of the other partys concerning those issue. you want to head double talk. Why don't some of you go out and stand on your own feet. and stop looking for handouts all the time. then maybe we have money for more important things.

  • manitoban
    September 05, 2013 - 12:08

    linda you may want to re-consider voting socialist. look no further then Manitoba to see a complete mess. highest taxes in the land, user fees on just about everything, 2.5 cents on gasoline, health care in a complete mess, inquiries coming out of their ears, racist remarks from a cabinet minister referring to white people as no-goods, and how about the provincial sales tax increase from 7% to 8% without a referendum on the issue, they the socialist actually took away our right to a vote, now that's todays NDP. dictatorship @ work,

    • W Bagg
      September 05, 2013 - 14:57

      Only issue is the Manitobans won't be running here in NL. But if you are partisan, we have Bill 29, MF without a referendum, cuts to major depts, and utter chaos in govt. We've had sexist remarks from MHAs in the house of assembly, and on and on

    • WJM
      September 05, 2013 - 19:02

      Given how much they've increased public spending and the size of government, and driven out private-sector investment, the "Conservatives" in NL are the biggest socialists of them all.

  • Linda
    September 05, 2013 - 11:14

    NDP all the way, As for the liberal. there just too dishonest for me to talk about, all because of July 5/2013.

    • clar
      September 05, 2013 - 15:31

      Linda what happened on july 5/2013

  • Frank
    September 05, 2013 - 10:47

    If the Liberals get in the same people will be trashing them in 3-6 months. The province is going like gangbusters and everyone is still complaining. It is the Newfie way!!

    • Kirby
      September 05, 2013 - 15:57

      Frank! I totally agree with you! Some days it is almost embarrassing to listen to all the complaining. Anybody who longs for the 'good ole days' either has no memory or have never lived here.

  • Jeb
    September 05, 2013 - 10:45

    The best scenario would be if Ms. Dunderdale would step down and retire. Sadly we'll all still be paying for her retirement, in the form of her huge pension.