#canada It's been a few days since Albertans got a chance to see the major party leaders duke it out on live TV, but without a knockout punch some voters are still deciding who they're going to vote for just eight days before the provincial election. Stephen Carlton\u00a0is one of 30 Albertans\u00a0taking part in a CBC\u00a0election focus group. The 56 year old underemployed oil and gas consultant heaped praise on UCP leader Jason Kenney\u00a0for showing what he described as "empathy,"\u00a0during the leaders' debate.\u00a0 "It also seemed to me that he was human in this debate, he was sweating a little bit," Carlton said half-jokingly. He says Kenney showed "a little bit of emotion and a little bit of empathy."\u00a0\u00a0 "I think he came off better than my expectations of how he was going to come up," said Carlton.\u00a0 But that doesn't mean Carlton\u00a0is set to throw his support behind the two year old party. For him, it comes down to who is best candidate in his riding (Calgary-Edgemont), regardless of which banner that candidate is carrying. "It's important for me to know what each of the individual candidates are like," said Carlton.\u00a0 And that is still a\u00a0work in progress. "I'm still very much sitting on the fence" Another undecided voter is Jeff Lasher, a 33 year old loans officer from Edmonton.\u00a0 He voted for the NDP\u00a0in 2015, but he doesn't know yet which party will get his support next week. "I'm still very much sitting on the fence," he said.\u00a0 An\u00a0issue for him\u00a0is which party will be able to provide the most job security and stability for people working in the oilpatch.\u00a0 The industry now provides half of the Lasher family's income and he wants to make sure he supports the party that best supports the industry. "Our livelihood could very well sit with\u00a0whether there is going to be government support in that industry and how highly touted the UCP has been in terms of wanting to promote and protect that industry." "That's what's causing me to be in the undecided category right now," Lasher said.\u00a0 Lasher and Carlton\u00a0are part of a group of Albertans\u00a0that make up as many as one in five voters who still don't know which way they're going to vote. According to a poll published by Research Co. last week and posted on the CBC's poll tracker, 22 per cent\u00a0of those asked were undecided.\u00a0 Debate may have muddied the waters John Santos, with Janet Brown Opinion Research, says while the April 4 leaders' debate may have lacked a few sharp jabs and uppercuts, it may opened some voters' eyes to the fact that there are other parties to consider\u00a0\u2014\u00a0including the Alberta Liberals and the Alberta Party. He says Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel\u00a0told the audience (and voters) that his party is a viable option and they don't have to simply choose between either the UCP or the NDP.\u00a0 Santos says while Mandel\u00a0didn't offer a lot of policy detail, "he did try and stay above the negativity that Notley and Kenney were lobbing at each other."\u00a0 He says the Liberals' David Khan pointed out his experience working with indigenous groups related to resource development and touted his party's economic policies. Santos describes the undecided voters as moderates who are neither left nor right on fiscal issues but are socially progressive. Undecided up grabs "That's a group of undecided voters that are up for grabs," said Santos. He says there's another group of voters that leans\u00a0conservative on economic issues but are not conservative at all on social issues. "I think these people, they're disappointed with Rachel Notley's\u00a0record on the economy, but they look at Jason Kenney and say 'I'm not sure," he said.\u00a0 Santos sees that as an opportunity for the Alberta Liberals\u00a0and Alberta Party to pick up some votes. "These fiscal conservatives and social progressives are not buying what Rachel Notley is selling and they're looking to park their vote somewhere else or just stay home." But Santos says there's only a handful of seats at play for the third and fourth parties \u2014 but there is an opportunity for them to make some gains. Danielle Low, also a member of the CBC focus group, seems to agree with Santos. "The one person who kind of surprised me was Stephen Mandel," said Low.\u00a0 The part-time teacher from Lethbridge\u00a0\u2014 who voted NDP in 2015 \u2014 was hoping to\u00a0get more information about the Alberta Party's policies during the debate. But she's left the door open to at least considering an alternative.\u00a0 Bryan Labby is an enterprise reporter with CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @CBCBryan.