A new survey shows a clear majority of Newfoundland and Labrador residents supported Kathy Dunderdale's decision to resign as premier.

Dunderdale, who had come under fire for a lack of ability to connect with voters, stepped down as premier on Jan. 22, She succeeded Danny Williams as premier in December 2010. 

A Corporate Research Associates poll released Friday found that 81 per cent of people surveyed supported Dunderdale's resignation.

"Rather stunningly, the unpopularity of former premier Dunderdale was nearly universal and crossed all political lines," said CRA chief executive officer Don Mills.

"The results validate the premier's decision to resign having clearly lost the confidence of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador." 

Mills said the level of support was consistent, regardless of party, geographic location or satisfaction with the government's performance.

The survey showed 12 per cent of respondents completely or mostly opposed the resignation, while seven per cent either did not have an opinion or did not know how to answer. 

Four hundred adults were surveyed by phone between Feb. 11 and March 2. The poll's margin of error is 4.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.