06/09/2014 10:25 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:22 EDT

Poll on privatizing Saskatchewan liquor stores indicates split opinion

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan residents appear to be somewhat split on the notion of privatizing the province's liquor stores, something Premier Brad Wall has hinted he is considering.

Insightrix Research says it conducted an independent, online poll asking 800 residents how they would like to see liquor stores operated.

Spokesman Lang McGilp says about 26 per cent say all stores should be government owned, 34 per cent like the current model and 23 per cent support full privatization.

Currently, existing stores remain publicly owned but new stores can be privately owned.

McGilp says of those who think the stores should remain public, most also answered that they would vote for the NDP.

On the flip side, the majority of those who support privatization indicated they would vote for the Saskatchewan Party.

Nearly half of the people polled believe that privatization will mean fewer public dollars available for health, education and highways, with the other half feeling it would mean more money for those areas.

The poll was conducted last week.

Quotas were set by age, gender, and region to match the general population of the province.

Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable.

(CJME, The Canadian Press)