VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Instead of an orange crush, a green wave, or a gamut of Grits, it appears an ocean of grey is taking over the province ahead of the election, with a large portion of the population still undecided.
Nearly one-third of voters in BC are still trying to decide who to vote for on Tuesday according to new research from Angus Reid.
“The problem for both of these leaders is that the electorate really doesn’t warm up to either of them. Christy Clark’s approval numbers are long chronicled to be not very high,” says Shachi Kurl with the pollster.
And the NDP leader isn’t fairing much better in capturing the hearts and minds of voters. “Now that voters have had a chance to take a look at him, it’s not as though they are really falling in love with the guy. They are looking at him, they think ‘well he’s competent, he’s okay’ but they’re not really excited by John Horgan.”
She says there is a portion of the population that could move toward supporting Andrew Weaver and the Greens. “If emotion were ruling the day in this campaign, then I’d look to a big breakthrough for Andrew Weaver. If it’s your head over your heart that’s driving voters then it will be one of the other two main parties.”
However, she says the high rate of undecided voters, doesn’t necessarily mean a low turnout on Tuesday. “Low voter turnout can be driven by a lot of things. Low voter turnout can be driven by what has been a pretty chippy and snarky campaign. Low voter turnout could come from an expectation that your own side is going to win.”
Kurl says one factor in the election, will be if young people actually show up to vote.