Wall’s Popularity Propels Saskatchewan Party to Large Lead

Almost two thirds of residents approve of the Premier’s performance.

Vancouver, BC – The Saskatchewan Party is particularly popular as voters in the province ponder their options in this spring’s election, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 56% of decided voters would cast a ballot for the Saskatchewan Party candidate in their constituency. The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) is a distant second with 34%, followed by the Liberal Party with 6% and the Green Party with 3%.

Four-in-five decided voters (82%) say they will not change their mind before the election takes place on April 4.

Leadership

Almost two thirds of residents (64%) approve of the performance of Premier and Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall. The ratings are lower for Official Opposition and NDP leader Cam Broten (39%). More than half of all Saskatchewanians are undecided about Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux, Green Party leader Victor Lau and Progressive Conservative Party leader Richard Swenson.

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Wall is also seen as the best choice to handle energy and pipelines (58%), the economy and jobs (55%), crime and public safety (49%), government accountability (45%), the environment (43%), health care (42%), education (also 42%), and housing, poverty and homelessness (40%)

While Wall posts a momentum score of -4 (25% say their opinion of him has worsened since the start of the campaign, and 21% say it has improved), the score is lower for Broten (-17).

More than half of residents (53%) think Wall would make the best Premier of the province, with one-in-five (20%) selecting Broten; the other three party leaders are in single digits.

“Premier Wall heads to the final week of the campaign with a decisive lead on approval and issues,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “He is also regarded by a majority of Saskatchewanians as the best choice for the top political job.”

The most important issue for residents is the economy and jobs (44%), followed by health care (22%) and housing, homelessness and poverty (7%).

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from March 23 to March 25, 2016, among 530 Saskatchewan adults, including 448 decided voters in the 2016 provincial election. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Saskatchewan. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.3 percentage points for the entire sample and +/- 4.6 percentage points for the sample of decided voters, nineteen times out of twenty. Click to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

 

Photograph: Daniel Paquet