VANCOUVER( NEWS 1130) – With elections almost a month away, a new poll says almost half of Vancouverites would like to see multiple parties represented at city council.
The poll, by Research Co., found the parties that traditionally formed council are not particularly popular.
“There’s definitely a search and support for the Greens, there’s 46 per cent of residents who will definitely or probably consider voting for them,” president Mario Canseco said.
Less than a third of people say they’d consider voting for Vision or NPA candidates, Canseco added.
“So we’re definitely bound to have a council that is going to be very different from the ones we’ve had before where a party has a majority,” he said.
“We might be heading into a situation where you have councillors from all sorts of places.”
Nearly half of Vancouverites said they’d “definitely” or “probably” prefer not having a single ruling group, compared to nearly 40 per cent who would rather see one party have a majority, according to Research Co.
“But also independents, that was quite a surprise for me. To have almost two in five voters saying that they’re considering an independent candidate,” he said.
Canseco notes this poll was done before Vision’s mayoral candidate, Ian Campbell dropped out of the race, acknowledging results could be different now because of that development.
The online study was conducted from Sep. 4 to Sep. 7 among 400 adults in Vancouver. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 per cent.
Elections are taking place Oct. 20.