UCP has massive support over NDP: Poll
Weekend, October 27-29, 2017
The United Conservative Party (UCP) is choosing their leader this weekend, but a poll is showing that regardless of who wins that race, a majority of Albertans would vote for the party if the election were held today.
The polling was done by students at Lethbridge College under the direction of professor Faron Ellis.
They interviewed 1,481 Albertans contacted on landline and cellular telephone between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5.
It found that province-wide, 55.8 per cent would vote for the UCP and 19.3 per cent for the NDP. The Liberals came third with 12.8 per cent of respondents, with 5.8 saying they’d vote for the Alberta Party.
The margin of error was 2.55 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
Ellis said the poll shows similar results to previous polls he’d seen on the same question, with one exception: The UCP are leading among Edmonton voters, too. That city is traditionally an NDP stronghold.
“If anything – the UCP was gaining momentum rather than losing momentum over the summer,” said Ellis.
Lori Williams, associate professor of political science with Mount Royal University, noted that the new UCP numbers aren’t as high as the combined PC and Wildrose numbers from one year ago.