HALIFAX - A new public opinion poll has some good news for the new Liberal government, but the pollster behind the survey says the Grits canât be complacent about it.
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Nova Scotia Premier Stephen MacNeil
The latest quarterly poll from Corporate Research Associate shows 58 per cent of respondents are completely or mostly satisfied with the governmentâs overall performance, compared to 50 per cent in November.
Twenty per cent are mostly or completely dissatisfied, up from 12 per cent, and just eight per cent say itâs too soon to tell â a 17 per cent decrease.
CRA chair and CEO Don Mills said the Liberals are benefiting from the public optimism that usually follows a new governmentâs election â but warned it wonât last.
âGovernments usually get a couple of quartersâŠ and from now on thereâll be starting to be more expectations related to what actually will be done rather than hoping that things will change,â he said.
Half of all respondents named Stephen McNeil as their choice of premier, up from 46 per cent in November.
Fifteen per cent chose PC leader Jamie Baillie, down from 17 per cent, and 12 per cent named acting NDP leader Maureen MacDonald.
Mount Saint Vincent University associate professor Dr. Jeff McLeod agreed that the numbers arenât surprising given that the new government hasnât made any âaggressiveâ policy moves so far.
âOne could argue that theyâve yet to be tested in terms of facing a major crisis or having to deal with the finances in a significant way that is uniquely their government, their party,â he said. âItâs still wait and see, no major problems yet, no major mistakes, no self-inflicted wounds.â
The CRA Atlantic Quarterly poll surveyed 801 adults in Nova Scotia between Feb. 10 and 28. The results are considered accurate to within 3.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.