I know. I know. The terrible record of accuracy … or should I say inaccuracy … in polling results in the last BC elections doesn’t give them much credibility to boast about as we head to the polls once more.
But I couldn’t help but take notice … and great interest … to ONE particular question in a survey commissioned and revealed this week by Global TV and Ipsos Reid.
And I’d bet ALL three BC major political parties took notice too!
First, there was the usual …. Who would you likely support?
The NDP took the lead, with 34% support; followed by the Liberals at 30%; and, the Greens at 9%. No big surprise at this point in the campaign … just like last time.
Then, respondents were also asked Who they think will win?
Again, not so surprising, 38% said the Liberals will win a majority; 22% predicted an NDP majority.
BUT 22% also predicted “some other outcome” … opening up the possibility (or wishful thinking) for a minority government … and THAT would raise all kinds of possibilities for BC’s political future.
However, although THAT is intriguing … there was another Question that yielded an even more noteworthy response.
“Is it time for another provincial party to take over and run the province?”
A MAJORITY of those polled … 56% …. said it’s “time for another provincial party to take over”.
MORE THAN HALF believe the Liberals should go!!
Only 28% said Premier Christy Clark’s government has done a good job and deserves re-election. (Another 16% had no opinion.)
That is a real FAIL for Clark and the Liberals … not a vote of confidence after 15 years in power for the Liberals and six years with Clark as Premier.
In fact, just four weeks before we vote, of those who expressed their opinion, only 14% rated Clark as the most trustworthy among party leaders; NDP Leader John Horgan didn’t do much better, at 17%; and the Greens’ Andrew Weaver trailed at 14% … while a whopping 57% couldn’t choose any of them.
There will be more polls; there will be more promises; there will be more exposure; there will be a Leaders’ Debate on News 1130 radio on Thursday April 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and, there will a televised Leaders’ Debate on Wednesday April 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Can hardly wait!