B.C. Conservatives polling 2nd behind NDP: Leger

Recent polling numbers in B.C. show growing support for a party that has only two members in the provincial legislature.

According to a report from Leger published Thursday, 25 per cent of voters polled indicated they would vote for the Conservative Party of BC in a provincial election. This is second behind the BC NDP, which earned 42 per cent of voter support.

The BC United Party is ranked third, at 19 per cent, while the BC Greens came in fourth with 10 per cent.

On the same day the polling numbers were shared, the BC NDP shared a video taking aim at Conservative leader John Rustad. The video accuses his platform as being “extreme,” citing his history of climate change denial and support of anti-trans rhetoric.

The provincial Tories only gained party status last month when MLA Bruce Banman left the BC United Party for the Conservatives.

Other highlights from the poll include the public’s perception of B.C.’s political leaders, which did not align with the voting numbers.

Leger says Premier David Eby has the highest approval rating among the four leaders at 47 per cent. Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau came in second at 27 per cent, BC United’s Kevin Falcon came in third at 26 per cent, and Tory leader John Rustad came in last at 23 per cent.

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As for what British Columbians are most concerned about, the poll shows 29 per cent of respondents think housing prices and affordability are the top issues. Health care and inflation were other top issues highlighted.

Meanwhile, the poll shows over half (52 per cent) of British Columbians “think that things in their province are on the wrong track.”

The poll was conducted online and collected the responses of 1,001 British Columbians from Sept. 14 to 18.

With files from Cole Schisler and Liza Yuzda

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