March 10th, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll find the Saskatchewan Party continues to lead the NDP though the margin has tightened. The Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20.
Among all voters the Saskatchewan Party is down to 47% from 49% (-2%) while the NDP is now at 33% (+5%).
“This type of volatility is to be expected as Saskatchewanians begin tuning into the election campaign” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “The test for the NDP will be to see if they can hold onto this support. Most of the gains are coming from Regina, where the NDP and Saskatchewan Party are now tied at 39%. In late February we saw the race tighten considerably in Saskatoon only to see the NDP’s support slip in the weeks that follow, so we will keep an eye on Regina in the weeks to come to see.”
“Overall the province looks more or less as it has for the past few weeks. The Saskatchewan Party holds a 12% lead in Saskatoon and a daunting 19% lead in the rural areas of the province. Right now all signs point to a majority Saskatchewan Party government.”
“Most Saskatchewanians think the Saskatchewan Party would do a better job than the NDP when it comes to managing Saskatchewan’s aging population, 42% to 33%. Most voters are not sure about placing themselves or a loved one in a publicly funded senior’s home with a whopping 69% undecided. It’s interesting to note however that support slides as respondents grow older. 28% of Saskatchewanians 18-34 say they would place a parent in a publicly funded seniors home compared to 18% among those over 65 who would consider placing themselves there.”
“Finally, Saskatchewanians are split on the privatization of 40 liquor stores. Most are unsure about the matter (38%) with 33% in favour and 29% opposed,” finished Maggi.
About Mainstreet Research
Mainstreet is a national public research ﬁrm. With 20 years of political experience at all three levels of government, President and CEO Quito Maggi is a respected commentator on Canadian public aﬀairs.
Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion, having predicted a majority NDP government in Alberta, a majority Liberal government in British Columbia and a majority Liberal government in Ontario. Mainstreet has been the most accurate polling firm in several by elections and the most recent Toronto mayoral election. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.