June 29, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds the BC Liberals in the lead with only 11% of B.C. Voters saying they are undecided – a number that drops to just 7% when leaning voters are re-assigned. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.41 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“It appears that Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are enjoying a throne speech bump.” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “Two thirds (66%) of B.C. residents told us they followed coverage of the Throne Speech including 35% who said they followed it very closely. Just 9% said they were not aware of the Throne Speech at all.”
“We asked BC residents about a number of the measures contained in the BC Liberal Government Throne Speech and all of them have a majority approval. When asked how the Throne Speech had affected their view of the BC Liberals, 30% of respondents said they had a more favourable view compared to 27% who said they had a less favourable view. 34% of respondents said the throne speech had not affected their opinion of the BC Liberals.”
“Approval for the Throne Speech has seen a significant bump in support for the BC Liberals since our last poll on May 17th. At that time we found a stalemate that would produce similar results to those on election day, with the BC NDP at 39%, the BC Liberals at 38% and the BC Greens at 22%. The BC NDP is down now to 34% (-5) while the BC Greens are down to 17% (-5) and the BC Liberals appear to be benefiting directly from the drop in Green support, they are up to 45% (+7).
”The Throne Speech measures and their approvals alone may not be driving these numbers. We found in our last poll (May 17th) that a significant majority (58%) wanted the Green Party to support the Government on a vote by vote basis, and not a formal coalition or collaboration arrangement with any party. There has been heightened interest in BC politics which is evident from the low rate of undecided voters. It’s possible that the greatest driver of votes at the moment in the perceived instability in British Columbia,” finished Maggi.