SASKATOON -- According to a Vancouver-based research firm, the Saskatchewan Party is leading the NDP among decided voters in the upcoming Oct. 26 provincial election.

In an online survey of 500 people, Research Co. found 58 per cent of respondents who have decided their voting intentions would cast their ballot for the Sask Party candidate in their riding.

Among decided voters, the Saskatchewan NDP sits in second place with 36 per cent, followed by the Green Party (2 per cent), Progressive Conservative Party (2 per cent), Liberal Party (one per cent) and Buffalo Party (1 per cent).

According to Research Co., the election race is competitive in Regina where the Sask Party and the NDP are neck-and-neck among decided voters, 49 per cent and 47 per cent respectively. The Sask Party is ahead in Saskatoon with 54 per cent to the NDP’s 41 per cent. In the rest of the province, the Sask Party is ahead by 65 per cent to the NDP’s 25 per cent.

The results of the survey show 65 per cent of respondents are satisfied with how Scott Moe has handled his duties, while 18 per cent are not. Seven per cent are undecided.

On issues facing the province, the research sample showed 35 per cent of voters believed the economy and jobs are the most important issue in Saskatchewan, followed by health care at 28 per cent, the environment at eight per cent and crime and public safety at five per cent.

Results are based on an online study conducted from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2020, among 500 likely voters in Saskatchewan, including 447 decided voters in the 2020 provincial election. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Saskatchewan.

The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.4 percentage points for likely voters and +/- 4.6 percentage points for decided voters, nineteen times out of twenty.