BC NDP Leads

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NDP leads 

Clark unpopular, Horgan unknown

Toronto, April 12th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 1040 British Columbia voters, amongst those and decided and leaning, the NDP (39%) have extended a 10 point lead over the governing Liberals (29%). The Green Party is behind with (18%).

Respondents most likely to support the NDP include those 34 or younger (42%), 35-44 (44%), the most wealthy ($100,000-$250,000: 43%), earning $40,000-$60,000 (42%) or $60,000-$80,000 (42%), with a post-graduate (44%) or college/university degree (43%), and living in Vancouver Lower Mainland (42%).

Respondents most likely to support the Liberals include those aged 65 and over (34%), 45-54 (32%), earning $20,000-$40,000 (33%), $60,000-$80,000 (33%), or the most wealthy ($100,000-$250,000: 35%), the least educated (37%), and those living in BC Interior North (42%).  

Clark approval low, Horgan in the positives, Weaver well-liked

(62%) disapprove of the job Christy Clark is doing as premier. (26%) approve, and (12%) don’t know. Premier Clark’s net favourable score (approve – disapprove) is -36.

(29%) approve of John Horgan’s job as the leader of the opposition. (27%) disapprove, and (44%) don’t know. Horgan’s net favourable score is +2.

(32%) approve of Andrew Weaver’s job as the leader of the Green Party. (17%) disapprove, and (51%) don’t know. Weaver’s net favourable score is +14.

Best Premier tied between Horgan and Clark

A quarter (25%) of respondents say, regardless of their party affiliation, that John Horgan would make the best Premier of BC, which is a statistical tie with Christy Clark (22%). Andrew Weaver (15%) is tied with none of these (15%), and (23%) report they don’t know.

Most trustworthy: Horgan and Weaver

Just over 2-in-10 (22%) find John Horgan, most trustworthy, which ties him with Andrew Weaver (22%). Christy Clark is considered most trustworthy by (17%), just above (16%) none of these, and (24%) say they don’t know.

"The Liberals are clearly in an uphill battle for re-election. Clark’s approval is low, but there may be hope in the number of voters who don’t know about John Horgan. If the Liberals can define him quickly, and have that message stick now that people are paying attention, they could gain ground against the leading NDP," said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.