BC Liberals and Conservatives tied for support: poll
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:29AM PST
The BC Conservatives are now tied for support with the governing Liberals, according to a new poll that shows both parties trailing behind the provincial New Democrats.
Thirty-four per cent of respondents in the Forum Research survey said they support the NDP, while the Liberals and Conservatives were found in a dead heat at 23 per cent. The Green Party trailed with 15 per cent support.
The poll also found fewer than one in three people – 29 per cent – approve of the job Christy Clark has been doing as premier, while 45 per cent disapprove.
The NDP's Adrian Dix did significantly better, with almost four in 10 respondents approving of his performance as opposition leader. Twenty-eight per cent disapproved.
"Clark's BC Liberals are facing a difficult uphill battle to win back the support of British Columbians," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said in a release.
Conservative Leader John Cummins came last with just 23 per cent approval.
The latest survey is consistent with an Angus Reid poll released in early November that found Cummins's Conservatives cannibalizing support for the centre-right Liberal party.
At that time, the Liberals were still maintaining 31 per cent support while the Conservatives trailed at 18 per cent.
The telephone survey of 1,045 randomly selected British Columbians was conducted on Dec. 15. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.