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October 27, 2017 6:15 pm

Poll Assesses Character Traits of B.C.’s Political Leaders

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C. – B.C. NDP leader John Horgan has the highest approval rating among the province’s political leaders.

That according to polling firm Insights West, in a new online survey released this week.

The poll of 801 British Columbians between Feb. 23 and Feb. 28 gave Horgan an approval rating of 39 per cent – a three-point drop. Twenty-five per cent of those polled were undecided on his performance.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s approval rating held steady at 36 per cent but showed sizeable gaps on gender (men 44 per cent, women 27 per cent) and age (18-34 19 per cent, 35-54 31 per cent, 55+ 42 per cent).

B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver’s approval rating was 29 per cent with 44 per cent undecided.

Though Weaver had the lowest approval rating of the three leaders, he scored highest on who is the most authentic at 23 per cent. Horgan was second in that category with 20 per cent and Clark a distant third at 12 per cent.

Horgan is slightly ahead of Weaver on being trustworthy (21 per cent to 19 per cent, with Clark at 13 per cent) and is regarded by one-in-four British Columbians as the most likely to keep promises to the electorate.

Asked who’d they most like to invite home for dinner, there was no clear favourite with Horgan at 23 per cent, Weaver at 21 per cent and Clark at 20 per cent.

More than half of those polled (55 per cent) believe Clark would say anything to get elected, with Horgan at 18 per cent and 2 per cent for Weaver.

The poll also showed the top issue facing the electorate continues to be housing, poverty and homelessness followed by health care, the economy and jobs and accountability.

The provincial election is scheduled for May 9.


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