Not­ley gov­ern­ment called out of touch

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017

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Seven in 10 Al­ber­tans, in­clud­ing 40 per cent of past Al­berta NDP vot­ers sur­veyed, say the cur­rent Rachel Not­ley gov­ern­ment is out of touch with what Al­ber­tans want, ac­cord­ing to a new An­gus Reid anal­y­sis.

On the flip side, their on­line sur­vey shows that 57 per cent of re­spon­dents think the con­ser­va­tives in Al­berta feel they’re en­ti­tled to gov­ern, and nearly half (47 per cent) think the newly-formed United Con­ser­va­tive party (UCP) is too far right wing.

Of the Al­ber­tans sur­veyed be­tween the ages of 18 to 34, 57 per cent think the UCP is too far right wing, and they’re seek­ing a cen­trist al­ter­na­tive.

In terms of po­ten­tial provin­cial lead­ers, Brian Jean gar­ners the high­est sup­port at 48 per cent, with Ja­son Ken­ney com­ing in at 38 per cent. Cur­rent Premier Rachel Not­ley had 29 per cent of sup­port.

Jean and Ken­ney, along with Doug Sch­weitzer, are vy­ing for the lead­er­ship of the UCP. Vot­ing for the party lead­er­ship goes on Oct. 28.

The An­gus Reid re­lease said that whether Jean or Ken­ney are cho­sen, ei­ther is likely to have a “rel­a­tively promis­ing path to the Premier’s of­fice.”

The An­gus Reid In­sti­tute an­a­lyzed the re­sults of an on­line sur­vey of 606 Al­berta res­i­dents who are mem­bers of the An­gus Reid Fo­rum.

For com­par­i­son pur­poses only, a prob­a­bil­ity sam­ple of this size would have a mar­gin of er­ror of +/- four per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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