With just days to go until Vancouverites head to the ballot box, a new poll has found that independent Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart is the current frontrunner.
The online survey of a representative sample of City of Vancouver voters reproduced the ballot that will be used in the mayoral election, with the names of all 21 candidates listed in the order that was drawn last month.
In the survey, conducted by Research Co., 36% of decided voters said they will vote for Stewart, or have already voted for him in the advance polls – which are now open.
Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) is second with 23% followed closely by independent candidate Shauna Sylvester with 19%.
Support is currently lower for Hector Bremner of Yes Vancouver (6%), Wai Young of Coalition Vancouver (6%) Fred Harding of Vancouver 1st (2%) and David Chen of ProVancouver (2%).
One-third of voters in Vancouver (33%) are undecided, including 41% of those aged 18-to-34 and 43% of women.
“Many Vancouver voters are still making up their minds about the candidates and parties they will support on October 20,” said Mario Canseco, President of Research Co.
“This group includes three-in-ten of those who voted for Kirk LaPointe in the last mayoral election, and more than a quarter of those who cast a ballot for Gregor Robertson.”
Sim and Stewart are virtually tied among male decided voters (32% and 31% respectively), while Stewart leads among female decided voters (42%, followed by Sylvester at 25%).
When it comes to the election for City Council, more than half of voters in Vancouver (53%) say they are “definitely” or “probably” considering voting for independent candidates.
The parties with the highest level of consideration for City Council from Vancouver voters are the Greens (47%), the NPA (35%), the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) (34%), Vision Vancouver (29%) and OneCity (27%).
Voting day in Vancouver is this Saturday, October 20, between 8 am and 8 pm.