Independent Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart currently has a higher level of support than all other contenders in Vancouver’s mayoral race, a new Research Co. poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative sample of City of Vancouver residents, 34% of decided voters will cast a ballot for Stewart, while 20% would support Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA).
Independent candidate Shauna Sylvester is in third place with 16%, followed by Hector Bremner of Yes Vancouver with 10%.
More than a quarter of residents (26%) are undecided, down five points since a similar Research Co. survey completed last month.
This group includes 31% of women and 24% of those who voted for Vision Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson in the 2014 mayoral election.
“Almost half of Vancouverites who supported Robertson in the last election are saying they would be voting for Stewart this year,” said Research Co. President Mario Canseco.
“Conversely, Sim is holding on to two-in-five residents who voted for Kirk LaPointe in the 2014 election.”
Stewart, the former Burnaby NDP MPD for Burnaby South, holds a double-digit lead over Sim among women (41% to 16%) and is virtually tied with the NPA candidate among men (27% to 25%).
He’s also the top choice for voters aged 18 to 34 (38%, followed by Sim at 19% and Bremner at 14%).
Residents were asked individually about which of the seven candidates would be a “good choice” for mayor in the city. The top-ranked contenders are Stewart (35%), Sylvester (27%), Sim (20%) and Bremner (13%).
Vancouverites head to the polls on Saturday, October 20.