Alberta election issues topped by health care, education
CBC poll finds Liberals viewed as having the most credibility on health-care issues
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 5:19 AM MT
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2012 10:43 PM MT
Health care and education continue to be the top issues in the Alberta election agenda, indicates a poll conducted for the CBC.
Since January, while economic and government spending concerns also topped the list, health care and education have increasingly become election issues leading up to the April 23 provincial vote.Return on Insight pollster Bruce Cameron said health care and education seem to be the defining Alberta election issues in the 2012 campaign. (CBC)
“The two biggest-ticket items for the provincial treasury — health care and education — top the list of concerns,” said Bruce Cameron, Return on Insight's president, who designed and analyzed the poll.
“But it is surprising to see issues related to energy, the economy and the environment rating so few mentions.”
Over half of Albertans polled mentioned health care as their primary concern at 56 per cent, followed by education at 42 per cent, the economy and jobs at 20 per cent and government spending at 14 per cent.
Oil and gas issues were pegged at 10 per cent and associated economic concerns have declined in importance since January. Cameron thinks that may indicate the long-awaited recovery from recession is well underway in Alberta.
Oil, gas issues decline in importance
The poll found mentions of oil and gas issues and economic worries actually declined by 17 and 11 percentage points, respectively, from January to April.
Despite trailing the Wildrose Party by seven per cent in voter preference with one week to go, the PCs are viewed as the best party to manage the provincial economy.As premier, Alison Redford has already gained national and international experience for the PCs. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)
The Tories were also picked as the best party to represent Alberta nationally and internationally.
Conversely, the Wildrose was viewed as the best party to achieve transparency and accountability in government.
City issues, which had a prominent place during the 2008 Alberta election, have not generated any traction, with one per cent mentioning the issue as top of mind and no party clearly seen as leading on the topic.
The Liberals were viewed as having the most credibility on health care, an issue that 27 per cent of Albertans viewed the Wildrose as being best able to handle.
Wildrose, PC parties on equal footing in education
Education, commonly thought to be a Tory strength, was evenly divided between the PCs and Wildrose — which is also true for social issues.
Given the recent coverage of contentious remarks by some social conservative candidates running for Wildrose, Cameron said it is interesting to note that equal numbers of Albertans believed the PCs and Wildrose reflect provincial moral and social values, at 30 per cent each.Liberal Leader Raj Sherman holds up his medical card and Visa, alluding to the Wildrose and PC plans for health care in Alberta. His party believes both want to introduce private health care. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)
The NDP was viewed by poll respondents as being best able to deal with environmental protection.
Liberal voters were more motivated by health care than other party supporters, while economic and fiscal management issues were prominent concerns for Wildrose voters.
NDP voters placed greater emphasis on environmental and social concerns, while PC voters cared more about health care and education than most other supporters.
Results of the poll are based on a random survey of 800 Albertans. It was conducted April 13 and 14, and is accurate to within 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Alberta Election Results
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012, 10:45 AM MDT
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