Alberta Politics: “21 per cent of all respondents were undecided.”
21% of Albertans, according to a Leger poll, are undecided as to who they would support in an election.
So who is going to convert these 1 in 5 Albertans?
It’s not the Wildrose. They’re a known quantity, for good or ill. Nor will it be the Progressive Conservatives, racked by scandal and ebbing in the polls — and who are also a well known group.
That leaves the Liberals. Or something else.
Convert those 21% to the Liberals and they form a ready alternative to the government.
Add in the extreme difference in what was spent by the campaigns and, if the Liberals had that same money spent by others, the jump in seats and support could be a serious game changer in Albertan politics. In the last election the Liberal central campaign spent slightly over $150,000 for five seats — where the NDP spent almost a million dollars for less seats. The PCs spent $4.6 million in the election, with the Wildrose spending little over $3 million. Imagine, for a moment, that the same funds spent by the Wildrose were spent by the Alberta Liberals, converting those undecided votes to their candidates.
The Liberals are a quiet, sleeping, and unseen beast in Alberta politics. Beaten and bruised, the Liberals in Alberta can see their base level of support — 10% of the electorate — and wont go below that. Tap that base, gather support from across the province, and gather that undecided 21% and therein lies the making of a game changer in Albertan politics.