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Manitoba NDP support steady after fractious leadership race: poll

A triumphant Greg Selinger walks through the crowd at the Manitoba NDP leadership convention in March. Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG – Support for the Manitoba NDP has remained virtually steady after the party went through a contentious leadership race in which Premier Greg Selinger narrowly held onto power, a new poll says.

The governing party had 29 per cent support among decided voters in the poll of 1,005 Manitobans, a news release from pollster Probe Research said Monday morning. The Progressive Conservative Party has maintained a comfortable lead in the poll, with the support of 44 per cent of decided voters.

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However, the NDP and the Conservatives are in a virtual tie in make-or-break Winnipeg, the poll says, with 35 per cent supporting the PC party and 34 per cent indicating they’d vote for the New Democrats. Outside Winnipeg, the PCs have lost some support but are still well in the lead, with 59 per cent support compared to 65 per cent support in December. The NDP polled 21 per cent support outside of Winnipeg, up from 15 per cent in December.

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The latest Probe Research poll shows support for Manitoba political parties has remained stable since December despite the recent NDP leadership race. Probe Research

Support for the Manitoba Liberal Party has remained virtually unchanged both inside the city and out, with the support of 20 per cent of Manitobans. Their support was at 19 per cent in December.

The Green Party and other parties without elected provincial representation is at seven per cent.

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The survey was done for the Winnipeg Free Press between March 17 and April 1 using randomly chosen telephone numbers. It is considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 95 per cent of the time, Probe Research said.

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