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Half of Manitobans think we're on the wrong track: Tory poll

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Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative party today released a poll the party says shows Manitobans are unhappy with the direction the Selinger government is taking the province.

According to the poll, only 11 per cent of Manitobans said they strongly believed the province is headed in the right direction. Overall, 37 per cent strongly or were somewhat convinced the province was on the right track.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent believed — 27 per cent strongly — that Manitoba is on the wrong track. Thirteen per cent said they were unsure or undecided.

Much of the discontent, according to the poll conducted by NRG Research earlier this month, was tied to this past summer’s PST hike. Ninety-one per cent of those displeased with where the province was headed blamed the sales tax increase.

"Manitobans are optimistic by nature, but are having trouble feeling good about the future," Tory Leader Brian Pallister said.

Pallister released the poll results at a news conference at the Legislative Building. It was part of the same poll, released last week, showing that 77 per cent of Manitobans were unhappy with the PST increase.

NRG interviewed 805 Manitobans in its poll. The research firm said the results are accurate within 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.

The question Manitobans were asked: "Overall, do you think Manitoba is heading in the right direction or has it gotten off on the wrong track? Would that be strongly or just somewhat?"

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