Leader not worried about lower NDP support
A poll conducted by the company Insightrix released Wednesday showed the NDP has even lower public support now than during last fall’s election, but interim NDP leader John Nilson thinks there’s a silver lining to the numbers.
In the online independent poll 29.4 per cent of respondents said they would cast their ballot for the NDP, compared with the party’s 32 per cent of the vote in the provincial election in November 2011.
Nilson says it’s the issues the party has raised which matters most.
“(On) four out of five policy issues, the public agrees with the New Democrats. That’s good news for us.”
Nilson cited several policies from the Saskatchewan Party which the public does not agree with.
“Whether it’s the film tax credit, or the education funding formula, or adding three MLAs to the legislature."
The Insightrix poll showed 56.6 per cent of respondents opposed the education funding formula, 52.3 per cent opposed cancelling the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax credit program and replacing with the non-refundable program, and 56.5 per cent opposed adding three new MLAs.
Nilson also mentioned the indexing of minimum wage as something the public supports, and he said it was an NDP policy from 2007.
Sixty-three per cent of respondents supported the indexing of minimum wage in the Insightrix poll.
Nilson said the NDP will work to listen to the concerns of the public, and that will eventually to broader support.
In the poll 60.8 per cent of respondents said they would cast their ballot for the Sask Party, 4.3 per cent would vote for the Green Party, and 2.8 per cent would vote for the provincial Liberal Party.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.