BC Leaders Oct. 6
(photos compiled by Victoria Buzz via BC NDP Twitter, BC Liberals Twitter, BC Green Party Facebook)

A new poll shows the BC NDP in a wide lead at the start of the third week of the election, but many voters are still open to changing their vote.

The Angus Reid Institute says that their latest survey of voter intentions shows John Horgan’s party has the support of nearly half the province, with 49 per cent of decided voters saying they will cast their ballot for the NDP.

Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals trail behind at 31 per cent, and Sonia Furstenau’s Greens rank a distant third with 14 per cent. Five per cent support other parties.

However, a significant portion of the electorate says they can still be swayed. Of the decided voters, 22 per cent say they are either less certain or not certain at all of which party they will support.

Many British Columbians are also still resentful of the NDP’s decision to call an early election. 58 per cent agreed that the election was unnecessary, including 28 per cent of NDP supporters.

While John Horgan enjoys a sizable lead in general, Angus Reid says his party may have some vulnerability on a handful of issues.

The NDP was chosen by respondents as the best party to lead on issues of housing affordability, health care, and the COVID-19 response, which were also chosen as the top three issues of the election.

However, on economic growth, the Liberals were selected by 64 per cent as the ideal choice, while the NDP were only picked by 15 per cent.

The NDP also fell behind on climate change and the environment, with 72 per cent saying the Green Party would be the best choice and only 16 per cent favouring John Horgan’s party.

With general voting day approaching on October 24 and platforms launching this week, pollsters will continue to measure the mood of the public as more details on the three major parties’ policies are unveiled.

The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey from October 1 – 3, 2020 among a representative randomized sample of 989 B.C. adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.