BC Election 2017 could lead to minority government: report

Apr 7 2017, 6:42 pm

The NDP are leading the polls across British Columbia ahead of the upcoming provincial election, but’s a tight race, according to a new survey by Mainstreet.

The public opinion polling company surveyed 1,650 eligible voters in BC by landline and cellphone between April 1 and April 3.

With a margin of error of ± 2.41%, it found the NDP were ahead with 29% of the vote, followed by the Liberals with 26%, the Greens with 13% and the Conservatives with 9%.

However, 23% of the voters polled were still undecided–and wherever they place their vote eventually could swing it of course.

Taking only those voters who were decided or leaning, the figures stack up like this: NDP 36%, Liberals 33%, Greens 19%, and Conservatives 11%.

“The NDP are seeing their strength come from the Greater Vancouver area, the Greens are leading the NDP on Vancouver Island by 1 percentage point… and the BC Liberals are doing best in the interior and north,” said Mainstreet president Quito Maggi in a release.

“If an election were held today the result would likely be a minority government.”

Percentage of vote among BC decided and leaning voters according to polling by Mainstreet (Mainstreet)

Percentage of vote among BC decided and leaning voters according to polling by Mainstreet (Mainstreet)

“An election isn’t being held tomorrow – but with the campaign set to begin it’s important to
recognize the dynamics we are beginning to see set out,” reads the survey.

“All three parties face significant challenges and all three leaders have a lot of work to do to be successful.”

Of all those polled, 16% of participants choosing the Liberals said they might change their mind, as did 30% of those choosing the NDP, and 43% of those who chose the Green Party.

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