Watts Top Contender for BC Liberal Leadership – Poll
Prince George, B.C. – Current Conservative MP and former Surrey Mayor Diane Watts would give the BC Liberals the best chance at defeating the Green backed NDP government.
That according to a new Insights West poll of 812 adult B.C. residents released this week.
The survey ranked prospective leadership contenders with the highest favourability ratings and Watts was tops at 39 per cent.
Following Watts was Sam Sullivan (30 per cent), Mike de Jong (28 per cent), Jas Johal (24 per cent) and Kevin Falcon (23 per cent).
The poll also found that many of the politicians who may consider a bid to replace Clark have a low level of name recognition.
At least two-in-five residents do not know enough to provide an assessment of Todd Stone (39 per cent), Mike Bernier (39 per cent), Andrew Wilkinson (46 per cent), James Moore (49 per cent) and Michael Lee (56 per cent).
When asked how they would vote if the BC Liberals were led by each one of these possible candidates, the BC NDP comes out ahead in match-ups against the opposition party led by Lee (25 per cent to 15 per cent), Wilkinson (26 per cent to 17 per cent), Bernier (26 per cent to 17 per cent), Moore (26 per cent to 18 per cent), Stone (26 per cent to 19 per cent), Johal (26 per cent to 19 per cent), Sullivan (26 per cent to 20 per cent) and Falcon (26 per cent to 22 per cent).
De Jong puts the party in a more competitive race at 27 per cent to 25 per cent in favour of the BC NDP )or 42 per cent to 38 per cent in favour of the BC Liberals when undecided voters are removed).
Watts is the only prospective leader to clearly outperform the government party at 30 per cent to 25 per cent for the BC Liberals (or 44 per cent to 37 per cent when undecided voters are removed).
Across B.C., the poll also found 52 per cent f British Columbians approve of the performance of NDP Premier John Horgan so far, while 31 per cent disapprove. Forty-eight per cent approve of BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver’s performance while just 28 per cent approve of interim BC Liberal Leader Rich Coleman.
The leadership race rose to the fore after former premier Christy Clark announced her resignation last month.