BC Premier John Horgan’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline construction has cost him support and the BC Liberals under Andrew Wilkinson now find themselves in the lead.
These are the findings from Mainstreet Research’s latest UltraPoll, a conglomeration of ten provincial polls.
“More British Columbians support the pipeline construction, and with those opposed roughly splitting their vote between the NDP and the Greens, the Liberals have now taken a lead,” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research.
Among decided and leaning voters, the BC Liberals enjoy 36.8% support while the NDP are at 34.8%. The Greens under Andrew Weaver are 15.7% while the BC Conservatives are at 11.4%.
“The NDP lead among female voters, those under the age of 49, and in Vancouver Island,” said Maggi. “While the NDP are certainly benefitting from the collapse of the Green vote, they are being hurt by supporters of the pipeline moving to the Liberals.”
A total of 54.8% of respondents say that they support the pipeline construction, with 38.7% say that they oppose it. Support is strongest among men, respondents over the age of 65, and the BC interior.
Opposition conversely is highest among women, those aged between 18-34, and residents of Vancouver Island.
“We also found that 48.2% of British Columbians are now less likely to vote for the NDP because of the Horgan’s opposition to the pipeline,” added Maggi. “His stance has especially cost him votes in Greater Vancouver and in the interior.”
The poll surveyed 900 British Columbians between April 16 and April 18 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.27% and is accurate 19 times out of 20, according to Mainstreet Research.