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NDP support strong two years after last provincial election

Last Updated May 29, 2019 at 8:34 pm PDT

FILE: NDP Leader John Horgan waves to passing cars during a roadside campaign rally in Surrey, B.C., on May 8, 2017. The amount of public money parties would receive under British Columbia's new campaign finance rules before the next provincial election is virtually identical to the amount political donors received in tax benefits between the last two elections, an analysis of the two systems shows. The province's new NDP government is experiencing a backlash after flip-flopping on its campaign promise not to use public money to fund political parties, but an analysis by The Canadian Press shows the payout under the proposed system for a per-vote subsidy mirrors what is already happening. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

If a provincial election were held tomorrow, it looks like most people in B.C. would vote NDP

Support for the Premier is at 51 per cent, while support for Andrew Wilkinson is at 34 per cent

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A recent survey suggests the NDP would come out on top if a provincial election were held in B.C. tomorrow.

The survey conducted by Research Co. suggests 39 per cent of decided voters in the province would cast their ballots for the NDP, followed by the Liberals at 30 per cent and the Greens at 21 per cent. The B.C. Conservative Party garnered about 9 per cent support.

“The B.C. NDP and the B.C. Green Party are holding on to more than four-in-five of the voters who supported them in the 2017 provincial election,” Mario Canseco, President of Research Co., says in a press release. “For the B.C. Liberals, the number is slightly lower at 76%.”

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When it comes to job performance, 51 per cent of people surveyed approve of Premier John Horgan, while 42 per cent support B.C. Greens Leader Andrew Weaver, 34 per cent support B.C. Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson, and 20 per cent support B.C. Conservative Party Leader Trevor Bolin.

As for the pressing issues concerning British Columbians, the survey suggests more than two-in-five of us believe housing, homelessness and poverty are the most important. Health care, the economy and jobs are also other issues of note.

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The study was conducted from May 20 to May 22, 2019, with 800 adults in B.C. The data was statistically weighted according to the Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. There is +/- 3.5 per cent margin of error.