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Poll shows Tories on slippery slope

<p>A new poll that pegs Tory support on a continued decline across the province is being disputed by the premier’s office.</p>

Says support has fallen from 54% to 32% since January



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A new poll that pegs Tory support on a continued decline across the province is being disputed by the premier’s office.





“These numbers don’t square with what we’re hearing,” said Tom Olsen, an official spokesman for Premier Ed Stelmach.





A new poll from Cameron Strategy found that Conservative support has fallen from 54 per cent in January to 32 per cent in August.





Liberal support has remained steady at 16 per cent while the New Democrats have climbed to 11 per cent.





Only 26 per cent of voters believe Stelmach is taking the province in the right direction, down substantially from 54 per cent in January, while 37 per cent of voters remain undecided on which party they would vote for if an election were held today.





That large number of undecided electorate is an opportunity to gain back Tory support, Olsen said.





“We’re confident that the message of the Stelmach government will appeal to them as well as people who have been longtime residents,” he said. “These are people that we’re confident we’ll attract to the progressive conservative party.”





New Democrat Leader Brian Mason said the Tories should be more than a little concerned over their dramatic plunge in the polls.





“I think alarmed would be a better term to describe it,” he said.





But longtime Tory MLA Gene Zwozdesky told reporters yesterday that he’s not too worried about the numbers.





“I’ve done a lot of door-knocking and I can tell you, in my area, my results are different than the ones available (in the poll) today,” he said.





More than 600 people were contacted for the poll between Aug. 7 and 13, considered to be accurate within four percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


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