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Survey that puts Tories, NDP in tight race problematic: pollster

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This article was published 18/8/2019 (407 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The firm that conducted a poll that concluded the Tories and NDP are in a tight race in Manitoba, said Sunday there is a problem with it.

Converso, which conducted its first poll in Manitoba, said there is an issue with the weighting of the survey results. 

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES</p><p>Former NDP MLA Erin Selby says she has no knowledge of who conducted the poll.</p>


Former NDP MLA Erin Selby says she has no knowledge of who conducted the poll.

The poll, which was not commissioned, was released Friday.

Carl Mavromichalis of Converso said in a statement the firm was addressing the weighting issue and would provide an update to its results.

He also said it was uncertain whether the weighting issue would change the results.

The Manitoba Liberal Party had expressed doubt about the credibility of the survey. It alleged the group responsible for the research has ties to the NDP.

The report which accompanied the poll results suggested the disparity in popular support between Manitoba’s NDP and Progressive Conservatives had narrowed to the point the election was neck and neck.

In a press release issued Saturday, the Liberals said the poll and the company behind it have a number of "red flags."

"The company’s website does not identify who owns, runs, or works at the company. The poll is supposed to have been ‘uncomissioned’— which is to say nobody paid for it," reads the Liberal’s release.

"The fact that Converso doesn’t disclose who runs their company, much less the owner’s connections to the NDP, shows they have something to hide."

The Liberals found a letter to the Toronto Star from March 16, 2007 in which Converso’s owner, Mavromichalis, described himself as a "a former active member of the New Democratic Party."

In addition, the Liberals allege Mavromichalis has connections to a company that runs election services for NDP candidates.

The Liberals are calling on the NDP and Mavromichalis to say who paid for the poll and to explain the relationship between the two of them.

"This is a shameful attempt on the part of the NDP to manipulate Manitobans and it is just one more reason why Manitoba Liberals are the only progressive option in this campaign," the press release reads.

In response, Erin Selby, a former NDP health minister in the Selinger government, said she had no knowledge of who was behind the poll or who may have paid for it.

"I’m not aware of it. We certainly didn’t conduct this poll… It’s unfortunate that the Liberals are attacking unions and the fact they want to get information out to their members," Selby said.

She later clarified that she was speaking for herself when she said had no knowledge about the poll, but would work to confirm whether the party did.

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Updated on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 12:14 PM CDT: Adds company's statement

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