PCs, Liberals tied in popular support, poll finds

The Liberals have jumped into a tie with the Progressive Conservatives in popular support in New Brunswick, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

The Progressive Conservatives held steady at 38 per cent approval in November but the Liberals saw their support jump to 38 per cent from 32 per cent in August.

The New Democratic Party saw its support fall to 18 per cent from 24 per cent, according to the CRA poll.

The number of undecided people in the survey dropped to 40 per cent in November from 44 per cent in the previous survey.

The Liberal party also capitalized on the strong support of its new leader, Brian Gallant.

CRA reported that Gallant and David Alward each drew the support of 29 per cent of respondents when they were asked who was the best person to be premier.

Alward’s approval rating dropped to 29 per cent from 33 per cent.

This is the first survey that asked New Brunswickers about their approval of Gallant.

NDP Leader Dominic Cardy saw his support level drop to 11 per cent from 15 per cent.

Green Party Leader David Coon was picked as the best person to be premier by five per cent of respondents.

Corporate Research Associations polled 400 people between Nov. 13 and Dec. 1. The survey has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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