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New poll shows split support for NDP and UCP

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 6:43 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A new poll is showing a dramatic shift in Alberta’s political backdrop.

According to a survey by the Angus Reid Institute, the United Conservatives (UCP) and the Alberta NDP are tied with 38 per cent support.

The numbers are a far cry from the 2019 election where the UCP showed 54.9 per cent support to the NDP’s 34.7 per cent.

According to the study, one of the biggest reasons for the decline in support for the governing party is its handling of several core provincial issues.

A majority of respondents said the government is doing a poor job of managing the health care system, pointing to the ongoing dispute with doctors over compensation and third-party arbitration.

The growing deficit and provincial debt was also a major factor to the drop in support.

The poll also found many who voted for the UCP in last year’s election were taking their support elsewhere, primarily to the centrist Alberta Party and the Independence Party.

Those two parties currently stand with nine and seven per cent support respectively.

The latest report follows another survey by Angus Reid which showed approval for Premier Jason Kenney has dropped to 42 per cent since reaching a high of 61 per cent last summer.

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The dwindling support for the UCP is similar to where the NDP stood, just over a year after forming government in 2015.

A poll commissioned by Lethbridge College in October, 2016 showed just only 19 per cent support for the NDP after they claimed 40.6 per cent of the popular vote in the 2015 election.

-With files from Courtney Theriault, CityNews