A majority of British Columbians say they don’t want to see a formal coalition should B.C. find itself with a minority government once Elections BC certifies the results of the May 9 election.
That’s the finding of a new poll from Mainstreet Research, as we await the results of a final count of votes that could still tip the balance of power.
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Nearly six in ten respondents say they want to see the Green Party support a minority government on a case-by-case basis, says Mainstreet President Quito Maggi.
“A large majority of people would like to see the Green Party supporting the government on a vote-by-vote basis, instead of a formal coalition. Fifty-eight per cent, that’s a pretty strong majority.”
As for who they’d like to see in the driver’s seat, 51 per cent of respondents, including a surprising 27 per cent of self-identified BC Liberal supporters, say the NDP should form government.
That’s compared to just 28 per cent who said they’d like to see the BC Liberals lead the province.
Were a coalition to form, 57 per cent said it should be between the NDP and the Greens, while 27 per cent said they’d like to see the Greens and Liberals team up.
Maggi says 49 per cent of respondents said they were either somewhat or very satisfied with the election’s outcome, in comparison to 43 per cent who expressed displeasure.
“I think people see this as an opportunity for compromise and in most people’s opinions that is a good opportunity for British Columbia, not a negative.”
A majority of Liberal and Green supporters, 63 and 65 per cent respectively, said they were satisfied with the outcome.
NDP supporters, meanwhile, perhaps disappointed their party missed in its bid for majority government for the first time in 16 years, expressed just 42 per cent satisfaction.
The survey also finds British Columbians anticipate another election on the horizon, with 46 per cent predicting the government will fall within one and two years, versus just nine per cent who believe it might last up to three or four.
Next week, Elections BC will count 176,000 absentee ballots and there will be a recount in the Courtenay-Comox riding, won by the NDP on election night by just nine votes.
With files from Gord MacDonald.