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BC NDP in the lead two months from the election, finds new poll

Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 6:53 am PDT

NDP Leader John Horgan (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – With the provincial election just two months from today, a new poll shows a big difference of opinions between Metro Vancouver and the rest of BC.

The latest numbers from Mainstreet-Postmedia show John Horgan’s NDP is in front with 29 per cent support overall which is three points ahead of the BC Liberals, while one-quarter of voters still remain undecided across the province.

“What’s clear from our tracking so far is that a large amount of voters are still undecided making it tough to come to any conclusions on what election outcome we could expect today. What we do know is that the NDP is performing well but their vote is less solid than that of the Liberals,” explains Mainstreet Research President Quito Maggi.

Support for Premier Clark drops to 21 per cent when you look here in the Lower Mainland, but when you exclude Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Liberals have more love throughout the rest of BC.

The latest poll also shows more than half of those surveyed would like to see minimum wage jump significantly to $15 an hour and that appears to be a sticking point for many.

“On this issue, British Columbians have clear opinions: 75 per cent say income assistance should be increased. Only 13 per cent back the government’s position they should be frozen while a small number, four per cent, say income assistance should be decreased. When it comes to the minimum wage many support a proposal to increase it to $15 an hour. Fifty-five per cent support the proposal across the province while 35 per cent oppose it and 10 per cent are not sure,” adds Maggi.

The provincial election is slated for May 9th.