Nearly 50 per cent of Yukoners still haven't decided for sure who they're going to vote for in the Oct. 11 territorial election, a new DataPath Systems poll suggests.
With only two weeks left for political parties to make an impression, that's higher than usual so close to election day, said pollster Donna Larsen.
"Forty-seven per cent aren't 100 per cent decided ," she said in an interview. "We just wanted to measure how strongly people were committed to their party at this point, and what it shows is that they're not. They're not strongly committed to a party. I think there's still a lot of information they're waiting to get."
Trust has emerged as a major factor - more important than any single issue, she said.
The NDP was chosen as the "most trusted" party on housing, education, the Peel watershed and social, drug and alcohol issues.
But when it came to managing the economy, employment and running government, the Yukon Party garnered the most favour. The Liberals didn't rank as "most trusted" on any of the 11 issues identified.
Of those 11 issues, 65 per cent of respondents approved of campaign promises to protect 80 per cent of the Peel watershed.
Building a downtown centre for drug and alcohol came second with 62 per cent approval and 60 per cent supported the promise to provide government incentives to reduce land development costs for affordable housing.
Although the poll did not gauge popularity as it usually does, it did ask about overall satisfaction with the different parties.
The Yukon Party's satisfaction has gone from 26 per cent to 30 per cent since July while the NDP's went from 13 per cent to 20 per cent. The Liberals rose from 10 per cent to 14 per cent.
The non-commissioned online poll surveyed 274 Yukoners, 198 of them in Whitehorse, between Sept. 22 and 26.
If the poll had been conducted by telephone, it would have had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.9 per cent 19 times out of 20.
Liberal leader Arthur Mitchell isn't putting much stock in the poll results, saying a DataPath poll during the recent federal election race was wrong.
"My candidates and I are getting a very warm reception at the door and finding Yukoners are looking for a change and change that they can trust," he said. "And that's what we're going to provide."
Meanwhile, Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson said she's happy with the findings.
They simply confirm what her party has been hearing at the door - people are looking for a government they can trust, she said.
"You know the poll that ultimately counts is the poll on Oct. 11," she said, adding the NDP will focus on winning over the undecided voters.
The Yukon Party is also pleased with the poll results, saying they reflect the feedback its receiving from voters.