A new exclusive online Ipsos poll for Global News and CKNW suggests the BC Liberals have a slight lead over the NDP after Wednesday’s televised debate.
Ipsos Vice President Kyle Braid says those numbers don’t look that much different from this point in the 2013 campaign, but this time around there’s a wild card factor: One in five voters remain undecided with just over a week to go.
“On leadership there are big numbers of 30 or 40 and approaching 50 percent sometimes in terms of people who can’t decide which of the leaders is best on the attributes. Even on who would make the best premier, we’ve got 30 per cent of people who can’t make up their minds yet, and on who’s more trustworthy, it’s in the 40 per cent range.”
That said, 51 per cent of those surveyed agreed it’s time for a different party to lead the province, while 29 per cent stated the Clark government has done a good job and deserves re-election.
29 per cent of voters said they believed Christy Clark would be the best premier for the province, while 26 per cent put their weight behind the NDP’s John Horgan.
15 per cent said they prefer Green leader Andrew Weaver, while 30 per cent surveyed didn’t have an opinion.
John Horgan’s alleged temper has been the subject of scrutiny, but 24 per cent of those surveyed think he’s caring.
13 per cent find Christy Clark to be best described as honest, while only 16 per cent think Andrew Weaver is relatable.
Braid says their latest survey finds voters are focused health care, housing affordability and jobs.
“Matter of fact, the other issues that were there at the start of the campaign have gone down. Ethics and accountability which is something that’s been talked about is basically nowhere. Only 3-percent saying that’s an important issue to them.”
As for how people which party will do the best job tackling which, 35 per cent said the NDP would be best for healthcare and housing affordability.
45 per cent identified the Green party as a front-runner for the environment, while 33 per cent said the Liberal party would be best for jobs.
In an interesting turn of events, of the people who watched or saw coverage of the debate there’s no clear consensus on who actually won.
Voters hit the polls on May 9.
834 people were polled online, with the margin of error at +/- 3.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.