The next Federal Election is aways off but this story is important -- especially the NDP strength in rural areas. Remember the NDP's roots -- a rural base is not implausible.
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests the New Democrats are widening their support across the country and gaining unprecedented favour in historically Conservative regions.
The Canadian Press Harris Decima survey indicates that the NDP have 34% of popular support, compared to 30% for the Conservatives.
With a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, support for the two parties could be equally split.
Still, the poll indicates that the New Democrats have become competitive in traditional Tory areas.
Among rural Canadians, the poll suggests the New Democrats have 31% support, compared to 35% for the Tories.
The NDP appear to have the support of 36% of urban and suburban men, a number that has risen steadily since February.