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New poll shows gap in support narrowing between Wildrose and PC
Julia Parrish, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:37PM MDT
With only days to go before Election Day, a new ThinkHQ poll completed for CTV News shows the gap in support between the Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives is narrowing – making the race tighter than ever.
Early polls showed the Wildrose Party surging in support, ahead of the Progressive Conservative Party – as the PCs dealt with a difficult start to the election race.
Now, it appears a rough several days for the Wildrose may tip the scales, although the party is still ahead in support.
According to the ThinkHQ poll, province-wide the Wildrose Party has lost 2 percent support since the last poll – with 41 percent support, while the PC Party gained 4 percent support with a total 33 percent support.
For the first time since the election began, the Progressive Conservatives are in the lead ahead of the Wildrose in Edmonton, gaining 2 percent support – and the lead at 32 percent.
Support for the Wildrose slipped by 3 percent, totalling 27 percent support.
Even in Calgary, so far the Wildrose stronghold in Alberta, the party lost support, although it's still ahead – with the PCs gaining significant support, with a 10 percent jump.
Perhaps the most striking difference was shown in province wide momentum, which showed the Wildrose has lost significant momentum over a week's time, and the NDP have surged ahead.
Similar trends showed in Edmonton and Calgary as well.
Although support may be growing for the PC party, when asked if a PC Government deserved to be reelected, province-wide 51 percent said they don't, with 28 percent of respondents saying the party does deserve reelection, and 21 percent unsure – trends which also extended to Edmonton and Calgary as well.
With files from Kevin Armstrong