With the provincial election now just three weeks away, a new poll has the BC Liberals and Greens chipping away at the BC NDP’s lead.
The new numbers released in the latest Mainstreet/Postmedia poll show among decided and leaning voters, the BC Liberals are up two points to 37 per cent, the NDP is flat at 39 per cent, and the Greens are up two points at 21 per cent.
The leaderless BC Conservative party has dropped to just three per cent.
There is encouraging news for the upstart Greens on their island stronghold, who now lead on Vancouver Island with 38 per cent support, compared to 34 per cent for the NDP and 26 per cent for the BC Liberals.
In Metro Vancouver, the Liberals have made gains, now trailing the NDP by five percent, with 38 per cent support. That’s up three points from the last Mainstreet/Postmedia poll.
The Liberals also maintain an advantage when it comes to voter commitment. Seventy-eight per cent of Liberal supporters say their support is strong, compared to 68 per cent of NDP supporters, and just 53 per cent of Green supporters.
Those numbers also offer hope to the NDP, with two out of three Green supporters suggesting the NDP is their second choice.
Also of note: 45 per cent of those polled said they prefer the BC Liberals’ proposal to cap bridge tolls at $500 a year, versus 31 per cent who like the NDP’s plan to scrap tolls altogether.
Additionally, the Greens’ proposal to double the 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax was the most popular policy idea on the table, but just 15 per cent of those asked knew which party had come up with the plan.
The poll was conducted April 12-14, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.41 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.