National Newswatch

WINNIPEG - An opinion poll suggests Manitoba's governing New Democrats are recovering some of the ground they lost after raising the provincial sales tax.

The survey, done by Probe Research for the Winnipeg Free Press, found 32 per cent of decided respondents said they would back the NDP.

That's up six points from a similar Probe poll six months ago.

The Progressive Conservatives garnered 45 per cent support ā€” down three points ā€” while the Liberals fell four points to 16 per cent.

The Tories maintained a strong lead in Winnipeg, where most of the legislature seats are, scoring 41 per cent support to the NDP's 36 per cent.

The telephone survey involved 1,004 respondents between June 10 and 19, and is considered accurate plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Seven per cent of respondents said they would vote for other parties such as the Greens. Thirteen per cent were undecided or did not state a preference.

The Canadian Press
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