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NDP climb, PCs fall in Newfoundland and Labrador political poll

From left, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball, NDP Leader Alison Coffin and Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie at Wednesday’ night’s televised debate.
From left, Premier Dwight Ball, NDP Leader Alison Coffin and Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie. - SaltWire File Photo

Liberal support stays steady

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

A recent poll conducted by Narrative Research suggests the provincial NDP party is gaining in popularity while the opposition Progressive Conservatives are losing support.

According to the telephone survey conducted from July 31 to August 25, the NL NDP party has the backing of 23 per cent of decided voters, a stark increase from its seven per cent in May of this year.

It’s also good news for leader Alison Coffin, who climbed nine points to 21 per cent over the past three months.

For Tories, the news isn’t as rosy as the party lost 10 points in the third quarter, falling to 32 per cent of the decided voters. The leadership rating for Ches Crosbie, meanwhile, stayed relatively steady, dropping four percentage points from the second quarter.

As for the governing Liberals, the party is still the favourite among decided voters at 42 per cent — down from 46 per cent in May — and Dwight Ball, at 34 per cent, remains the preferred choice of premier.

Of the 800 adults polled, 27 per cent are undecided, five per cent don’t plan on voting in the next provincial elections and three per cent didn’t want to say. In terms of leaders, 13 per cent didn’t know whom they prefer as a premier and eight per cent don’t support any of the three party leaders.

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