Federal NDP at highest support according to new poll

The party is still in third place, however, behind the Liberals and Conservatives.

A poll published last week from Canadian marketing firm Léger found that the federal NDP have reached their highest level of support since at least April.

The report, released on 14 December, found that 23% of decided voters polled intended on voting for the party if an election were held that day.

This is the highest level of support for the federal party that Léger has reported since 20 April 2020. Their previous high was 21%, which they received 4 times since 31 August. In their second most recent poll (released on 30 November), Léger found only 20% support for the NDP, which was up from 18% two weeks prior to that.

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Last week’s poll results also showed the federal Liberals still in the lead with 35% and the Conservatives at 29%. This marks 2 weeks in a row with the Conservatives losing support; although they were down by only 1 point each time.

Since 4 November, the Liberals have oscillated between 34% and 36%; including last week, which had them at 35%, up slightly from the previous 34%.

The federal Green Party also lost support, dropping from 9% to 7%.

The NDP lead all parties in BC, with 43% support. They’re in second place in Atlantic Canada (21%) and Manitoba/Saskatchewan (29%), third place in Ontario (22%) and Alberta (21%), and fourth place in Québec (11%).

Alberta’s support for the NDP actually dropped since the previous poll, which had the party at 25% support for nearly a month straight, putting them ahead of the federal Liberals. This is the lowest level of support the NDP has seen in Alberta since 3 November, when it was at 18%.

The NDP’s drop in support in Alberta puts the Liberals back in second place here, going from 21% to 25%. The Conservatives also increased in the province, from 47% at the beginning of the month to 52% last week.

The NDP lead nationally among voters between 18 and 34 years old. Both men and women were most likely to vote for the Liberals, but the NDP were in second place for women.

Keep in mind that this is just one poll. Campaign Research, for example, released a poll recently that showed the NDP at 19% among decided voters and the Liberals at 35%. A Research Co. poll from last week showed the Liberals at 37% federally and NDP at 20%. Both of those polls also showed NDP at third place in Alberta.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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