Manitoba NDP in lead ahead of election campaign: poll

Manitoba’s provincial election is still a couple months away, but early polls suggest the NDP has the lead when it comes to voter support.

According to data from the Angus Reid Institute, the NDP is positioned to come away with 44 per cent of the votes across the province, compared to 39 per cent for the Progressive Conservatives.

The early data also suggests Winnipeg will likely be a strong point for the NDP, as Wab Kinew and his team are ahead by 25 points in the capital. Thirty-two of the 57 provincial seats are up for grabs in Winnipeg.

The PCs are favoured in small communities and areas that have fewer seats.

The survey suggests the main reasons the NDP are ahead is due to overwhelming dissatisfaction by the current PC government, including cost of living, and health care concerns.

Despite the concerns with the PC party, the survey also suggests half of Manitoba voters view Kinew in a negative light, while two-in-five view him favourably.

Manitobans are expected to head to the polls Oct. 3.

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