If a provincial election were held today, the New Democrats would win, suggests a new survey of voters.
But the poll, done by CorporateResearch Associates Inc., says support for the MacDonald Conservatives has rebounded in the past three months.
Among those surveyed, 29 per cent said NDP Leader Darrell Dexter was their preferred choice for premier.
Premier Rodney MacDonald was the preferred choice of 27 per cent and Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil the choice of 17 per cent.
Support for the next leader of the provincial Green party stood at four per cent.
The survey’s results are based on a sample of 1,207 adult Nova Scotians, a release Wednesday said. Voters were polled from Aug. 7 to Sept. 2.
Regarding which party voters would select if an election were held today, the New Democrats were favoured by 36 per cent of decided voters.
The ruling Tories were at 33 per cent and the Grits at 28 per cent. The Greens would get three per cent of the vote, the survey indicated.
Support for the Conservatives has increased since May, the release said.
The Tories had the support of 27 per cent of decided voters three months ago. Both the New Democrats and Liberals saw their support dip slightly since May, the release said.
"Backing for the NDP is significantly higher in Halifax Regional Municipality (45 per cent), compared with the rest of Nova Scotia," it said.
Poll results are considered accurate to within 2.8 percentage points 19 times out of 20.