April 4, 2016 5:07 pm

Support for Manitoba Liberals on the decline: poll

A new opinion poll suggests support for the Manitoba Liberal Party has dropped after what Rana Bokhari admits has been a rough week.

Walther Bernal / Global News

WINNIPEG – A new opinion poll suggests support for the Manitoba Liberal Party has dropped after what the party leader admits has been a rough week.

The survey by Insight Manitoba estimates Liberal support at 15 per cent — seven points back of the New Democrats and 27 points behind the Progressive Conservatives. Sixteen per cent of respondents were undecided.

Other polls in recent months have put the Liberals and NDP in a virtual tie.

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The poll results come after the Liberals lost several candidates and sparred with the media last week.

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Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari also came under fire over her fiscal platform, which included plans for a delayed balanced budget.

Bokhari says the past few days have been tough, but her party can bounce back for the April 19th election.

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She says the Liberals have been putting forward a positive message while the other parties have gone negative.

The Insight Manitoba poll involved almost 4,600 Manitobans via an automated phone survey.

It was conducted between last Tuesday and Sunday, and is considered accurate within +/- 1.65 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The Manitoba election takes place April 19.

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