Voters choose Kevin Falcon over Christy Clark and John Cummins to lead centre-right coalition
Kevin Falcon is the top choice to lead a coalition of the B.C. Liberals and B.C. Conservatives.
According to the results of an Angus Reid survey released today (May 14), voters prefer the Surrey-Cloverdale MLA over B.C. Liberal Party leader and premier Christy Clark, and B.C. Conservative Party leader John Cummins.
Currently the finance minister and deputy premier, Falcon was seen by many as the heir apparent to former premier Gordon Campbell.
Falcon garnered 21 percent support in the online survey, conducted by Angus Reid between May 7 and 9.
Clark received 20 percent and Cummins 17 percent.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
“In all three scenarios, the NDP would garner the backing of about a third of British Columbians, but it is important to note that the level of undecided voters grows dramatically, from 16 per cent in the traditional ballot question, to at least 34 per cent in the questions related to the ‘Free Enterprise Coalition’,” states an Angus Reid media release.
The polling company adds: “This discrepancy shows that, while the idea of a merger does not immediately materialize in a high level of support for the centre-right option, a significant portion of the electorate remains uncommitted.”
Falcon ran for the leadership of the ruling B.C. Liberal Party following the departure of Campbell. Even though he had the backing of most of the party’s legislative caucus, he lost to Clark.