Electoral Reform Referendum A Dead Heat: Poll

By Greg Fry
November 8, 2018 - 10:35am Updated: November 8, 2018 - 1:17pm

PRINCE GEORGE — A new poll suggests British Columbians are deeply divided on the question of changing our electoral system.

The Mainstreet Research ultrapoll, a conglomeration of 10 provincial polls, surveyed over 600 British Columbians between October 31st to November 2nd and has a margin of error of +/- 3.92 per cent and is accurate 19 times out of 20.

It found the referendum on electoral reform is a dead heat, with 50.5 per cent of respondents saying that they will vote for the existing first-past-the-post system, while 49.5 per cent said that they will vote for a proportional representation system.

The poll showed 62 per cent of respondents between the ages of 18 to 34 say they will vote for PR, while the same amount of respondents over the age of 65 say they will vote for the existing system.

The referendum will take place via mail-in ballot. Completed ballots must be received by Elections BC by 4:30 p.m. on November 30.

A majority of 50 per cent plus one is needed to change the system.

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