B.C. Liberals trail ruling New Democrats in new poll

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      Andrew Wilkinson and his B.C. Liberals have some catching up to do.

      B.C. Liberals lag behind the ruling New Democrats by over five points in a new poll by the Ontario-based Mainstreet Research.

      Survey results show that Premier John Horgan and the B.C. NDP enjoy the support of 36 percent of decided and leaning voters as against the 30.7 percent of the B.C. Liberals.

      Almost 22 percent of decided and leaning voters support the B.C. Greens and their leader Andrew Weaver.

      Horgan and the B.C. NDP formed a minority government on July 18, 2017 courtesy of a power-sharing deal with Weaver and his Greens.

      B.C. Liberals, who won the most number of seats in the May election last year under then leader and premier Christy Clark, fell in a confidence vote, ending their 16 years in power.

      Clark resigned, and on February 3, 2018, B.C. Liberals elected Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson as new leader.

      “The election of Andrew Wilkinson has had no effect on the BC Liberals popularity as of yet”, Quito Maggi, president and CEO of Mainstreet Research, stated in a news release Monday (March 19).

      According to Maggi, Horgan and the B.C. NDP have maintained the same lead they had over the Liberals at the beginning of the year.

      Survey results released by Mainstreet Research on January 22, 2018 indicated support from decided and leaning voters at 38.5 percent for the B.C. NDP; 34 percent, B.C. Liberals; and 27.6 percent, B.C. Greens.

      The new survey was conducted between March 5 and March 5. The poll covered 1,511 British Columbians of ages 18 and over. The survey has a margin error of plus or minus 2.52 percent.

      According to the new poll, New Democrats are leading in all regions in the province.