VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – There is just over a month to go until the provincial election and it’s a tight race, if you believe the latest survey.
Quito Maggi with Mainstreet Research says the BC NDP leads the pack with 36 per cent support but the BC Liberals are just three points behind.
However, Maggi says the big issue for both is the Green Party which continues to hold steady with the backing of 19 per cent of voters. “We’ll have to wait and see what the numbers show us next week to really get an idea of whether this is all and they’re coming back to earth. If these numbers are start sliding — for now, at least, they’re holding.”
He says what’s interesting to note is where in the province some of the parties are getting their backing. “The NDP are seeing their strength come from the Greater Vancouver area, the Greens are leading the NDP on Vancouver Island by one percentage point, essentially leaving them tied given the margin of error, and the BC Liberals are doing best in the Interior and north. If an election were held today the result would likely be a minority government. There’s two ways to look at Green support this week, given that their numbers are essentially unchanged from last week: you could say that the Greens have stalled or you could say that they have been able to hang on to their newfound support.”
Many respondents also said the hot housing market is a major concern for them ahead of the election.