New poll shows John Horgan is second-most popular premier in Canada

B.C. residents support proportional representation but are deeply divided on energy megaprojects

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      B.C.'s new premier is enjoying a political honeymoon with voters, according to a poll by the Angus Reid Institute.

      John Horgan's approval rating of 48 percent eclipses every other premier in the country with the exception of Saskatchewan's Brad Wall, who posted a 49 percent approval rating.

      Ranking third, at 36 percent, are Manitoba's Brian Pallister and New Brunswick's Brian Gallant. Next, at 35 percent, are Quebec's Philippe Couillard and Nova Scotia's Stephen McNeil.

      Alberta's Rachel Notley has a 29 percent approval rating. Behind her is Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, at 27 percent. In last place is Ontario's Kathleen Wynne at 17 percent.

      The poll had 5,466 respondents and comes with a margin of error of two percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

      The Angus Reid Institute also polled B.C. residents on electoral reform, finding that 65 percent supported distributing seats proportionally rather than through a first-past-the post system.

      When it came to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and B.C. Hydro's Site C dam projects, 47 percent and 45 percent respondents said they "should go ahead as planned", respectively.

      Among B.C. Liberal voters, 70 percent supported the pipeline project and the Site C dam going ahead as planned.

      Only 37 percent of B.C. NDP and 38 percent of B.C. Green voters agreed with that sentiment; 49 percent of B.C. NDP and B.C. Green voters thought the pipeline should be cancelled, with 13 percent saying they were unsure.

      Support for the pipeline was strongest among those 55 years old and over and among men; women and those from 18 to 34 years of age were more likely to be opposed to the Kinder Morgan project.

      When it comes to the Site C dam, 48 percent of NDP voters and 33 percent of B.C. Green voters think it should be cancelled. Eighteen percent of New Democrats and 28 percent of B.C. Greens were in the "don't know/can't say" category.

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