For the first time since being tracked, support for the SaskParty has fallen below 50% in Saskatchewan. A total of 803 randomly selected SaskWatch Research panel members participated in the online research study for three days last week.
According to the Insightrix Research online poll, 44% of decided Saskatchewan voters state they would vote SaskParty, 40% would vote NDP. The Progressive Conservatives, essentially defunct since the SaskParty's creation, garnered 7% support ahead of the Liberals who rang in at 5%. And 4% of those polled said they'd vote for the Green Party.
The SaskParty has lost favour on a larger scale in Saskatoon where only 46% of respondents said they would give them the thumbs up while 60% of Regina residents would vote SaskParty. In other parts of the province, even less favoured the SaskParty at 32%.
When asked to describe the provincial budget, it was mostly negative: disappointed, shocked, unfair, necessary, despicable, expected, foolish....were just some of the descriptors.
And when asked who would be hardest hit by the budget the most common response was the poor, single income earners, the elderly, the education sector while the wealthy and the business sector were perceived as those most likely to benefit from the budget tabled last month.
In response to the Insightrix online poll, Premier Brad Wall said in a statement that the SaskParty government knew the budget would be unpopular.
He also indicated that he was, "a little surprised and grateful that we still enjoy a plurality of electoral support".
When SaskNOW.ca asked our listeners and readers last Tuesday who they would vote for if there was an election today: 54% said the SaskParty; 33% said NDP; 7% were willing to vote Progressive Conservative while 3% each when to the Green Party and Liberals.