Nova Scotia

Parties still carving up province

Nova Scotia remains a divided province when it comes to voting patterns, according to a new poll.

Nova Scotia remains a divided province when it comes to voting patterns, according to a new poll.

The CBC–Chronicle-Herald poll suggests the province is split into three distinct regions: Halifax, Cape Breton, and the Mainland.

The Conservatives have been strong in rural Nova Scotia, while the Liberals have led in Cape Breton. The NDP's strength has resided in the Metro Halifax area, said pollster Don Mills.

Mills' company, Corporate Research Associates, polled 702 Nova Scotians last week. In the Halifax area, the NDP got the most support with 23 per cent. The Liberals lead in Cape Breton with 27 per cent support, while the Tories lead in the rest of the mainland with 26 per cent.

The PCs did very well last election winning seats in the mainland, said Mills. "This time they're not going to be as lucky, because the Liberals have made some gain in that region of the province."

There is a high number of undecideds in each of the three regions, however. About one-third of the people polled in each region said they didn't know who to vote for.

Although the NDP leads in Metro, the poll numbers show it's a tight race. The region will be a battleground in this campaign as the three parties try win over city residents.