dramatic lead in Alberta
Majority government seen in wake of debate
24th, 2015 - In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 801 Alberta voters
the night before and the night of the provincial party leaders’ debate, almost
4-in-10 (38%) will vote NDP in the election called for May 5th, while one
quarter (25%) will vote for the Wildrose Party and one fifth will vote PCAA
(20%). Few will vote Liberal (7%), Alberta Party (6%) or any other party (5%).
findings represent a dramatic shift from our last wave of polling on April 10,
when the three leading parties were essentially tied (Wildrose - 30%, NDP -
28%, PCAA - 27%).
NDP vote is common to younger Albertans (25 to 34 - 47%), the very wealthiest
($100K to $250K - 45%), in Edmonton (56%) but not in central (25%) or northern
(24%) Alberta. The Wildrose vote is common to southern (36%) and northern (35%)
Alberta outside the cities. The PC vote is characteristic of the oldest (27%),
the least wealthy (less than $40K - 27%) and in northern Alberta (25%). The NDP
are dominant in both Edmonton (56%) and Calgary (30%). Of note, close to 4-in-10
of those who voted PC in the last election will vote NDP this time (38%), as
will one tenth of past Wildrose voters (12%) and as many as one half of past
Liberal voters (50%).
Slim NDP majority seen
these results are projected up to an 87 seat Legislature, the NDP would take a
2 seat majority of 46, and the Wildrose Party would take 32. The PCs would take
just 6 seats and the Liberals 3.
"The Alberta electorate has
once again demonstrated its resistance to expectations. While we were in field
during the televised debate, which was dominated by the leader of the NDP,
Rachel Notley, we were also in field the day before, with the same results. The
New Democrats appear to have cobbled together an unusual coalition of the
wealthy, the young, disaffected PCs and half the Liberal party. This may be a
recipe for government," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum
Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)