Liberals remain top N.B. provincial party: survey

The New Brunswick Liberal Party remains the top provincial party in terms of voter support, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

The latest quarterly results, released Monday, suggest 51 per cent of decided voters support the Liberals, down from 53 per cent in November.

Roughly 30 per cent of respondents say they support the Progressive Conservative Party.

Support for the New Democratic Party has climbed to 12 per cent from seven per cent following the resignation.

It's the first poll since NDP leader Dominic Cardy resigned as leader in early January.

About five per cent of respondents support the Green Party, down from nine per cent, and two per cent back the People's Alliance of New Brunswick.

Nearly one-third of respondents are undecided, four per cent refused to state a preference, and four per cent either support none of the parties or do not plan to vote.

Gallant remains the most popular leader

The CRA survey suggests Premier Brian Gallant remains the most popular of the five party leaders.

About 35 per cent of those who responded to the survey said they prefer the Liberal leader, compared with 36 per cent in November.

Support for PC leader Blaine Higgs stands at 22 per cent, while Green Party leader David Coon is preferred by eight per cent.

Interim NDP leader Rosaire L'Italien is also backed by eight per cent, compared with six per cent for Dominic Cardy in 2016.

And Kris Austin of the People's Alliance is preferred by four per cent of respondents.

Government satisfaction remains stable

According to the CRA, 55 per cent of New Brunswickers are satisfied with the performance of the Gallant government, which is unchanged from three months ago.

About 36 per cent said they are dissatisfied with the government, up from 34 per cent in November.

Nine per cent did not offer an opinion on the matter.

The results are based on a survey of 807 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from Feb. 7 to March 1, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 3.4 percentage points, 95 times out of 100.