Poll shows high favourability rating for Premier John Horgan

It's more than twice as high as the favourability ratings recorded by B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. Liberal Interim Leader Shirley Bond

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      After more than four years as B.C. premier, John Horgan is still popular with voters.

      That's according to a recent poll by Stratcom, whose client list includes the NDP.

      Among the 803 respondents, 15.6 percent viewed Horgan very favourably and 35.5 percent viewed him somewhat favourably.

      That overall 51.1 percent favourability rating was more than double the 22.5 percent favourability rating for B.C. Liberal Interim Leader Shirley Bond and the 24.1 percent favourability rating for B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau.

      More than 24 percent of respondents stated that they "don't know" when asked for a favourability rating on the two opposition leaders.

      That compared to just 4.8 percent who stated that they "don't know" in response to a question about Horgan's favourability.

      When it came to voting intentions, 50 percent supported the NDP compared to 30 percent for the B.C. Liberals and 16 percent for the B.C. Greens.

      The document obtained by the Straight did not identify the partners who commissioned this poll.

      The survey was taken from November 2 to 8.

      Horgan went public with his cancer diagnosis on November 4.

      On November 15, an atmospheric river caused massive flooding in several areas of B.C.

      The Stratcom poll identified issues that its respondents felt were important.

      "Unprompted, COVID-19 continues to be the top issue in BC (21%), however this is now the lowest it has been since the pandemic began," the Stratcom report states. "This is followed by affordable housing/rent (12%), healthcare/social services (11%), cost of living/affordability (10%), climate change (9%), housing (6%). Affordability issues (cost of living, housing etc) are on the rise).