BC NDP surge ahead in new poll ahead of BC election

Apr 25 2017, 5:04 pm

It’s “been a good week” for the the BC NDP, when it comes to the party’s latest poll numbers, ahead of the provincial election on May 9.

In a Mainstreet Research poll done for Postmedia and made available to Daily Hive, the BC NDP appears to have surged to a 10 point lead.

“It’s been a good week for the NDP, with major gains in the Lower Mainland” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.

“In our last poll we saw the Liberals make up the gap in Greater Vancouver, this week it looks like the NDP was able to reverse that trend.”

According to the poll, the BC NDP now holds a 16 point lead over the BC Liberals in Greater Vancouver, considered by Maggi to be “a crucial battleground in the election.”

The BC Greens also made gains in the poll, “growing their support by 1% and just barely hanging on to a lead on Vancouver Island, where they are now essentially tied,” Maggio added. “Their supporters are now more committed than ever, with 67% saying they will not change their mind.”

‘Several possible outcomes’

Essentially, there are “several possible outcomes to this election,” Maggi furthered.

Among voters polled, 27% favour a BC Liberal government (a decrease of 3 points), 36% would like to see the BC NDP elected (an increase of 4 points), 16% favour the Greens (up one point), and 21% of voters are still undecided.

What about how the leaders themselves are viewed?

“Andrew Weaver holds the highest net approval rating with a +8 with 28% of voters viewing him favourably,” said Maggi.

Only 26% of those polled had a favourable view of Christy Clark, while John Horgan was held in a favourable view by 33% of the BC voters surveyed, the poll found.

The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll, which was conducted April 20-22 among 1,650 eligible voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.41 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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