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Ethnic voter scandal has little effect on BC Liberals’ popularity 0

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

Premier Christy Clark speaks to media at the Liberal caucus meeting Monday, March 4, 2013. (RICHARD ZUSSMAN/ QMI AGENCY)

Premier Christy Clark speaks to media at the Liberal caucus meeting Monday, March 4, 2013. (RICHARD ZUSSMAN/ QMI AGENCY)

The scandal surrounding the BC Liberals’ use of government resources to woo ethnic voters in the upcoming May provincial election has had little effect on British Columbians’ opinions on the governing party.

An Angus Reid poll released Thursday revealed the BC Liberals have dropped just three points — a statistically negligible amount — in popularity since mid-February and now has 28% of support from likely voters.

Premier Christy Clark came under fire last month when documents leaked on Feb. 27 showed her party was using tax dollars to make plans to appeal to minorities by apologizing for past wrongs. B.C. Multiculturalism Minister John Yap resigned in the aftermath.

The new survey, conducted March 18-19, falls within a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%. It shows Clark’s approval rating has actually risen four points to 27% since February.

However, when the poll asked who would make the best premier between her and BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix, Clark dropped five points to 16%.

 

 

 

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