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Poll indicates Liberals leading in support so far into election campaign

Newfoundland and Labrador voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 16.
Newfoundland and Labrador voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 16. - SaltWire File Photo

According to polling numbers for Newfoundland and Labrador released today by MQO Research, the Liberal party holds the lead heading into the provincial election. 

A news release states that MQO Research spoke with 600 residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to gauge the political temperature in the province for the spring edition of its quarterly political poll, Atlantic Matters.

Among decided and leaning voters: support for the Liberal Party trended up four percentage points to 48 per cert; PC Party support dropped six percentage points to 36 percent; NDP support was relatively unchanged at 11 per cent; and support for the NL Alliance also exhibited little change at two per cent.

The undecided/no vote group held relatively steady at 39 per cent.

The release stated the mean rating for the leadership of Premier Dwight Ball was down marginally this quarter dropping from 5.2 to 5 (on a 10-point scale).

Each party leader is polling in line with their party numbers. Among decided respondents: Premier Dwight Ball was the top choice of 47 per cent of voters; PC Leader Ches Crosbie has the support of 37 per cent; 12 per cent indicated Alison Coffin was their preferred choice for premier; while NL Alliance Leader Graydon Pelley was the top choice among four per cent of voters.

The outlook for the province held relatively steady in May with 41 per cent of residents of Newfoundland and Labrador reporting their outlook worsened over the past three months (down three percentage points from January) while 44 per cent indicated their outlook stayed the same (unchanged) and 13 per cent felt things had improved (up three percentage points).

The Atlantic Matters poll was conducted by telephone from April 25 to May 4, 2019 and included 600 randomly selected eligible voters from across the province. The margin of error for the total sample is ± 4.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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