Vision Vancouver, NPA, Greens are neck and neck in council race, poll shows

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      A new poll puts Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, and the Green Party of Vancouver in a tight three-way race for the 10 seats on city council.

      The Insights West survey asked 443 adult residents how likely it is they will vote for at least one candidate from six political parties.

      Support for at least one Vision council candidate was reported by 34 percent of the Vancouver residents, while the NPA received the backing of 30 percent and the Greens 29 percent.

      Conducted August 11 to 14, the poll has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

      According to the results, the Coalition of Progressive Electors is far behind the top three at 18 percent. The Cedar Party has eight percent support for at least one candidate and One City seven percent.

      Meanwhile, the mayoral race is not as close, less than three months away from election day on November 15.

      Thirty-four percent of Vancouverites are likely to vote for Vision mayoral incumbent Gregor Robertson, while 35 percent are unlikely to do so.

      For the NPA's Kirk LaPointe, 20 percent are likely to cast their ballots for him and 23 percent are unlikely to vote that way.

      Insights West says Robertson has an approval rating of 46 percent and a disapproval rating of 40 percent.

      A majority of respondents said the city has done a good job on tourism, garbage, and the environment.

      But city hall got low marks for transparency, homelessness and poverty, and "engaging with regular people".


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      Boris Moris

      Aug 21, 2014 at 11:43am

      You forgot to say who paid for this poll.

      The NPA are desperados in search of a trough to stick their snouts in. My money is on the Non Principled Assclowns to pay for push polls, smear jobs and just about anything they think might work.


      Aug 21, 2014 at 11:44am

      Should I assume that the quotation "engaging with regular people" means the supporters of the NPA? Because, in the real world no city hall ever gets a passing grade for "engaging with regular people". Ever.

      James Blatchford

      Aug 21, 2014 at 12:20pm

      ...why is the Straight reporting on any poll without proper attribution?

      Stephen Hui

      Aug 21, 2014 at 12:56pm

      The poll was conducted for Insights West by Insights West.

      Mike B

      Aug 21, 2014 at 10:56pm

      So I guess that's why we never hear Vision or NPA mentioning the Greens...they're scared of their surging support.

      Mischa Oak

      Aug 22, 2014 at 2:48pm

      I find it fascinating that both Vision and the NPA NEVER mention us Greens - both of them, with their huge caches of cash and polling data, are seeing the rise in Green support and are probably scared that Vancouver is increasingly looking to us Greens as a true voice for the community - they just don't want you to know it.


      Aug 23, 2014 at 9:51am

      The big news here is a dramatic drop for support for Vision. Not surprising considering that they have gone out of their way to alienate half the neighborhoods in the city, not to mention old white men, drivers, home owners, neighborhood activists and everyone on the West Side (referred to in Vision's world as either NIMBYs or f*cking hacks). The city will be immeasurably better if we remove Vision from power, but we need to remember that NPA is just Vision without bike lanes. Lets take our city back from the developer parties, Vancouver deserves a better future than just becoming a big Metrotown.


      Aug 23, 2014 at 3:49pm

      I regret that Green is only running 4 candidates. I have a feeling they could take all the seats.


      Aug 25, 2014 at 1:10pm

      Worst article I've ever seen in the Straight


      Aug 25, 2014 at 6:18pm

      Here's a thought. If Green teamed up with just one of the other smaller parties they would be hard to beat.