April 25, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds the BC NDP surging to a 10 percentage point lead. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.41 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“It’s been a good week for the NDP, with major gains in the lower mainland” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “In our last poll we saw the Liberals make up the gap in Greater Vancouver, this week it looks like the NDP was able to reverse that trend and then some, they now hold a 16 point lead over the Liberals in what is a crucial battleground in the election.”
“Despite the movement to the NDP the Greens have been able to hang on, growing their support by 1 percentage point and just barely hanging on to a lead on Vancouver Island where they are now essentially tied. Their supporters are now more committed than ever, with 67% saying they will not change their mind.”
Among all voters: 27% Liberal (-3), 36% NDP (+4), 16% Green (+1), 21% Undecided (+2)
Among Decided & Leaning Voters: 34% Liberal (-3), 44% NDP (+5), 22% Green (+1)
“There are several possible outcomes to this election, this week we asked British Columbians how they would feel about different outcomes. 29% told us that they would be happy with a Liberal Majority government – while 24% would be disappointed, 19% would be angry and 8% would be sad.”
“A BC NDP Majority government would make 40% of British Columbians happy, 13% of them disappointed and 11% of them sad. Only 15% of undecided voters say this outcome would make them happy, the same number of undecided voters that say they would be happy with a Liberal majority.”
“If there was a minority government – and the Greens held the balance of power, 29% of voters would be happy, 24% would be disappointed and 19% would be angry. 20% of Liberal voters would be angry with that outcome, while all other voting groups register anger in the low single digits. Liberal voters would be just as angry with a minority government as they would be with an NDP majority government.”
“We checked in once again on how British Columbians see the party leaders. Only 26% have a favourable view of Christy Clark and overall she has a net disapproval of -30 (approval-disapproval). More voters know who John Horgan is than before but that has translated into a net approval of +5 with 33% of British Columbians holding a favourable view. Andrew Weaver holds the highest net approval rating with a +8 with 28% of voters viewing him favourably.”
“39% of voters don’t know who John Horgan is or have no clear opinion. That number is 53% for Weaver. Even 23% of Green Party voters say they’re not sure what they think of him with an additional 9% saying they are not familiar with Weaver,” finished Maggi.