Wasylycia-Leis leads poll but undecided vote leaves mayoral race open
WINNIPEG – If the municipal election were held today, Winnipeg’s new mayor would be the candidate named “undecided.”
More people indicated in a new poll that they didn’t know who they’d vote for than said they’d vote for frontrunner Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
Among those polled who said they’d likely vote in the next election, 34 per cent said they hadn’t decided how to vote, while 22 per cent said they’d vote for Wasylycia-Leis. Brian Bowman got the nod from 14 per cent of those polled, while Gord Steeves has the support of 12 per cent.
So while 38 per cent of decided voters said they’d vote for Wasylycia-Leis, 24 per cent said they’d vote for Bowman and 20 per cent chose Steeves, the race is still a wide-open competition for the undecided vote.
Robert Falcon Ouellette, with the support of eight per cent of decided voters, and Coun. Paula Havixbeck, with five per cent support, round out the top five in the poll. Dave Sanders got three per cent support, while Michel Fillion, Hazem Aslan and Michael Vogiatzakis each got approximately one per cent support.
Candidate Buck Duchene hadn’t entered the mayoral race at the time of the poll.
The poll also shows while many voters took notice of the controversy over a racist Facebook post about aboriginal panhandlers from Steeves’ wife, it didn’t appear to have a significant effect on his campaign. It shows 75 per cent of respondents were aware of the controversy, but 59 per cent said it didn’t affect their voting intentions.
The Insightrix Research telephone survey of 800 Winnipeggers was conducted from Aug. 20 to Sept. 4 and is considered accurate within plus or minus 3.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
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