It was really no surprise to see the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals targeting the NDP at Thursday night’s roundtable debate on CTV considering the poll released just moments before it began.


An Angus Reid/CTV poll places Dexter well into majority territory with 47 per cent support. The Liberals were in second with 26 per cent and the Tories third with 23 per cent.


The numbers are particularly devastating for Premier Rodney MacDonald.


Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they disapproved of MacDonald’s performance, while only 20 per cent approved. Exactly half the people said their opinion of the premier worsened over the course of the campaign.


NDP Leader Darrell Dexter has the highest approval ratings at 57 per cent, followed by Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil at 40 per cent.

Only 46 per cent of respondents who voted for the Tories in 2006 say they will do so again this election. Meanwhile, the NDP have broadened their support and scored higher than other parties on every issue mentioned — the economy, environment, health care, education, crime and seniors care.

The poll involved 800 people reached this Monday and Tuesday and were considered accurate within 3.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.