The Liberals are continuing to ride high, and the last three months have been a complete disaster for the NDP, according to new polling data released today by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates.
According to the quarterly polling numbers, if an election was held today more than half the people in the province would vote Liberal.
The Liberals are at 52 per cent of decided voters. The Tories can count on the support of 29 per cent of decided voters, and NDP support in the province has crashed to 19 per cent — the lowest it’s been in more than a year.
The most recent polling numbers come after a busy three months in provincial politics; the Liberals held their party leadership vote, and the NDP saw a caucus revolt that resulted in two MHAs declaring they could no longer work with leader Lorraine Michael.
The poll is particularly devastating for Michael; for most of the last year she's been the most popular political leader in the province, but now she has the lowest support behind Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Liberal Leader Dwight Ball.
There appears to be a silver lining in the poll numbers for Dunderdale; things are bad, but they're not getting any worse.
Her party's support remained stable — they were at 26 per cent in August, and they rose marginally to 29 per cent in the latest poll. Moreover, fewer people are dissatisfied with her government.
While 52 per cent of the population is either completely or mostly dissatisfied with the government led by Dunderdale, that's a slight improvement from August when 64 per cent were unhappy with the way things were being run.
The poll surveyed 1,200 residents of the province between Nov. 7-30. It has a margin of error of 2.8 per cent, 19 times out of 20.