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Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:55 pm Post subject: ndp support slides in new Edmonton Alberta poll
November 24, 2017 11:10 am Updated: November 24, 2017 11:18 am
NDP support sliding across Alberta, including in Edmonton Metro region: poll
By Slav Kornik
Web Producer Global News
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to reporters during a media availability on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 in Ottawa.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A new report suggests support for the NDP government has declined across Alberta, including in the region where it’s been most popular.
The ThinkHQ/Metro News polls shows the NDP would garner 30 per cent of the decided vote and the new United Conservative Party (UCP) would receive 54 per cent if an election were held today. That’s a steep decline for the provincial government, who received 41 per cent in the last election.
Meanwhile, the Alberta Party had nine per cent of the vote, the Liberals received five per cent and 18 per cent of respondents were undecided in the survey.
What may be most surprising is support for the NDP has dropped in the Edmonton region, according to the study, which has been a stronghold for the party. The study suggests the NDP is tied with the UCP at 42 per cent of the decided vote, which would be the first time the NDP doesn’t have a lead in the region since they were elected in 2015.
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The report suggests NDP support has dropped by four percentage points in Edmonton Metro since August, while UCP support increased by six percentage points.
The government still has a substantial lead of 13 percentage points inside Edmonton city limits, the ThinkHQ poll suggests. But that would mean they are trailing the UCP in neighbouring communities like St. Albert, Leduc and Sherwood Park.
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The study was done from Nov. 9 to Nov. 13 by an online research panel, and 1,314 people across the province were surveyed.
The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
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