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PC and Wildrose tied for support among voters: poll

WATCH ABOVE: A newly released poll suggests support for the Wildrose is on the rise. Gary Bobrovitz reports.

CALGARY – A new poll says Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose might be neck and neck if an election is held this spring.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet Technologies, has the PCs and Wildrose tied for support at 24 per cent. The survey also suggests a fifth of Albertans are still unsure who they’d vote for.
The poll also shows the PCs and Wildrose tied for support among decided voters, with each party holding 30 per cent of the vote.It appears the recently released provincial budget may be influencing voters to lend their support to the Wildrose, with a third of those surveyed saying they strongly disapprove of the budget.

“Time will tell if this reaction to the new tax measures will have a lasting effect on public opinion or if it is just a temporary effect,” says Mainstreet Technologies President Quito Maggi.

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“The reaction to this budget, especially the unpopularity of the health care tax, has evaporated the lead enjoyed by the PC party last December to a neck and neck race with the Wildrose.”

The survey also shows support for Rachel Notley’s NDP has reached 35 per cent in the capital city.

“The NDP have taken a commanding lead in the Edmonton area, and are likely to make big gains if these numbers hold.”

The poll from the national public research firm surveyed 3,067 Albertans, and was released on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

According to Mainstreet Technologies the poll carries an overall margin of error of +/- 1.8%, 19/20.

CLICK HERE to view the entire poll.

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