May 17, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds 58% of British Columbians would prefer the Green Party support a government on a vote by vote basis rather than a coalition – but an almost equal number of British Columbians say they would approve of a BC NDP-Green Party Coalition government. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.41 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“49% of British Columbians say they are very or somewhat satisfied with the election results” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “Of course, there are recounts still to come so the result could change, but overall we are seeing some disappointment from B.C. Voters. 63% of Liberal voters say they are satisfied compared to 57% of NDP Voters who are dissatisfied – Green Voters are the most satisfied with the result with 65% happy with the outcome.”
“Overall, 51% of Voters say the NDP should form the next government – including 27% of Liberal Voters. Among NDP voters the number is overwhelming (89%) – perhaps more importantly Green Voters say the NDP should form the next government over the Liberals (47%) but a significant number of Green Voters are not sure (36%).”
“58% of British Columbians tell us they prefer the Green Party support a government on a vote by vote basis over a coalition. At the same time, 57% say they would approve of a coalition between the NDP and the Greens, just 27% would approve of a coalition between the Greens and the Liberals. Interestingly, 40% of Liberal voters would disapprove of a Green-Liberal coalition.”
“Lastly we asked British Columbians how long they thought this minority government might last. Most expect it to live between one and two years. Parties should keep this in mind as anything shorter might be punished at the ballot box. Ultimately, we still need to wait for recounts, if the Liberals are able to overturn a 9 vote lead by the NDP in Courtney-Comox, they’ll have their majority government,” finished Maggi.