Pallister leads among leaders with ambivalent Manitoba voters
Cameron MacLean, CTV Winnipeg
Published Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:00AM CST
Last Updated Saturday, April 9, 2016 6:01PM CST
Voters who mark their ballots on Election Day will more likely vote for the party than its leader.
New polling numbers show about one third of Manitobans feel none of the leaders stand out as being most trustworthy.
A new poll by Probe Research Inc. conducted for CTV and the Winnipeg Free Press measuring public trust of provincial party leaders suggests Pallister is the most-trusted leader for a third (33 per cent) of the people surveyed.
Another third (32 per cent), however, would not single out a particular party leader as their most trusted.
Selinger came in second with 22 per cent of respondents saying they trusted him most, and Bokhari came in third with 12 per cent.
Pallister had the widest gap between his level of personal support and support for his party. His trust deficit sits at 13 percentage points, with 46 per cent of survey respondents supporting the PCs.
Liberal supporters seem the most ambivalent about their leader. Only slightly more than half of Liberal supporters (55 per cent) said they trusted Bokhari more than the others.
A large majority of PC supporters (78 per cent) and NDP supporters (67 per cent) trust their leader most.
The survey only asked about the leaders of the three biggest parties in Manitoba.
Women had a harder time than men choosing a leader they most trusted, with 40 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men unable to state a preference.
Large percentages of people with household incomes below $30,000 (52 per cent), renters (44 per cent), indigenous people (48 per cent), adults between 18 and 34 (38 per cent), and of course undecided voters (68 per cent), couldn’t choose a favourite.
Pallister and Selinger both have weak trust among people with household incomes below $30,000, with 22 per cent saying they trust Pallister and 12 per cent saying they trust Selinger.
Pallister also has weak trust among indigenous respondents (12 per cent).
The poll was commissioned by CTV Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Free Press. It surveyed 1,000 Manitoba adults between March 28 and April 4.
Results are considered accurate by a margin of +/- 3.1 percentage points.