Just a few days ahead of the election, a new poll suggests Brian Pallister’s party is pulling even further ahead in the race.
The Progressive Conservatives have 57 per cent support among decided voters polled Thursday by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia.
Quito Maggi of Mainstreet says that’s up seven per cent from the week before.
“It looks pretty grim for the other parties. Last week, we said it’s pointing to a majority. This week, it’s turning into a super majority,” he said.
Much of that new support comes at the loss of the Liberals. They were down from 16 per cent to nine per cent.
Maggie says it’s telling of this election that those votes aren’t swinging mostly to the left, like they typically would.
“Pretty much vote for vote, we’re seeing it go to the PCs, and it just points to the fact there’s such a strong desire for change, that people just don’t want to see Greg Selinger reelected,” he said.
The NDP held steady at 25 per cent. So did the Greens at nine per cent.
Nineteen per cent of the 1,809 Manitobans polled were still undecided.
The poll was done by phone April 14 by Smart IVR. A mix of landlines and cell phones were surveyed. The margin of error is +/- 2.3 per cent 19 times out of 20.
During the nine days between the polls, the NDP leader Greg Selinger started taking more jabs at Pallister, including challenging him to release his tax assessment. Selinger and Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari also targeted him with accusations and questions during a televised debate.
Maggi says that didn’t earn the NDP any more support, but it did help strengthen the support of those who were likely going to vote for the party.
“All of these things aren’t doing much to get them new votes or to push them away from the Progressive Conservatives. All it is doing is really firming up the strength of their votes, and I don’t expect that to go down over the weekend,” he said.
Election Day is Tuesday, April 19.