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NEWS RELEASE · 13th September 2010
Angus Reid - Vision Critical
In fact, four-in-five respondents (83%) say they distrust their premier.

The governing BC Liberals continue to trail the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in British Columbia, as Premier Gordon Campbell’s approval rating drops to a new low, and a sizeable proportion of respondents express little confidence in the provincial administration, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative provincial sample of 800 British Columbian adults also shows that the implementation of the harmonized sales tax (HST) continues to be rejected by three-in-four respondents, and that three-in-five adults voice support for holding a province-wide referendum to repeal the HST.

Political Scene

Almost half of decided voters and leaners across the province (48%, unchanged since late July) would cast a ballot for the NDP if a provincial election were held tomorrow.

The BC Liberals are a distant second with 25 per cent (-2), followed by the Greens with 13 per cent (=), and the BC Conservatives with eight per cent (+2). Six per cent of respondents would support other parties or vote for independent candidates.

The NDP keeps an enviable retention rate, with 90 per cent of respondents who voted for the party in the May 2009 provincial election saying they would do so again if a new ballot took place tomorrow.

In stark contrast, the BC Liberals are only holding on to 55 per cent of their supporters from last year’s election. The governing party has lost almost half of the vote share it boasted in 2009, with one-in-four disenchanted supporters (25%) saying they would vote for the NDP tomorrow, and one-in-ten (11%) opting for the currently leaderless BC Conservatives.

The approval rating for Premier and BC Liberal leader Gordon Campbell stands at 12 per cent. Three-in-ten British Columbians (30%) approve of the way NDP leader Carole James is performing, while 17 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the way Green leader Jane Sterk is handling her duties. More than seven-in-ten respondents (73%) say their opinion of Campbell has worsened over the course of the past three months, compared with 14 per cent for James and five per cent for Sterk.

Trust

British Columbians were asked whether they currently trust or distrust two governments and four key politicians. While two-in-five respondents (40%) say they trust the federal government led by the Conservative Party, less than one-in-five (18%) feel the same way about the provincial government led by the BC Liberals.

Two-in-five British Columbians (39%) trust both Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The numbers are decidedly lower when respondents assess their provincial counterparts. Only one-in-five (20%) trust BC Finance Minister Colin Hansen, and just 14 per cent trust Campbell. In fact, four-in-five respondents (83%) say they distrust their premier.

The HST

Elections BC has ruled that a citizen initiative that seeks to repeal the HST is valid. An all-party legislature committee will decide later this year how to handle the citizen initiative. Three-in-five respondents (62%) believe the question should be sent to a province-wide referendum, while one-in-four (24%) would prefer to send it to the BC Legislature for a vote of MLAs.

If a referendum indeed happens, seven-in-ten British Columbians (70%) would cast a ballot to abolish the HST, while 18 per cent would vote to keep it in place.

Full Report HERE.

The Terrace Daily Poll, on the Front Page of this website, reflect similar numbers. On the HST only 10% say Campbell should run again in 2013. If we include the frivilous "Go back to Hawaii and Chill" option as a negative vote on his leadership, our numbers add up to a clear 75% diapproval rating. Although this is completely unscientific it demonstrates very similar numbers to the Angus Reid Poll results.