Vancouver, BC – With the governing BC Liberals and opposition New Democrats both choosing a new party leader in the next few months, there has been some public discussion of when the next provincial election should be held. A new Ipsos Reid online poll shows that British Columbians are split about whether the next provincial election should be held on the fixed election date of May 14, 2013, or in 2011 after the BC Liberals and NDP have chosen their new leaders.
Nearly half (48%) of British Columbians say they would prefer to have the next provincial election in 2011, after the BC Liberals and NDP have chosen their new leaders. Slightly fewer (43%) British Columbians say they would prefer an election on the fixed election date of May 14, 2013.
Interest in a 2011 election is much higher among 2009 NDP voters (63% want an election in 2011) than among 2009 BC Liberal voters (37% want an election on 2009). A majority (57%) of 2009 BC Liberal voters would prefer to stick with the fixed election date (vs. 32% of NDP voters).
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These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid online poll conducted on behalf of Global BC. The poll was fielded January 20-24, 2011 with a representative sample of 750 adult British Columbia residents. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error will be larger for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual British Columbia population according to 2006 Census data. The polling was conducted using Ipsos Reid’s “Voice of the West Interactive Forum” – an online panel of more than 6,500 British Columbians who have been recruited to match the overall characteristics of the adult residents of the province.
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