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Reid poll has Liberals, NDP neck-and-neck

A new Angus Reid Strategies poll has the Liberals and the New Democratic Party in a virtual tie in the May 12 B.C. election race.

The poll, commissioned by CTV and the Globe and Mail, reports the following results:

Liberals, 44 per cent; NDP 42 per cent; Green party, 10 per cent; B.C. Conservative party, two per cent; undecided, two per cent.

No party moved more than three percentage points from the previous Reid poll, which showed the Liberals with a three-point lead. That poll was released April 29, based on interviews conducted online between April 24 and 26.

Today’s poll is based on 1,013 online interviews conducted Tuesday and Wednesday. As such, it is the first poll to be conducted entirely after Sunday’s televised leaders debate.

CTV is reporting that the debate appears to have been “the kiss of death” for Premier Gordon Campbell’s image, with 51 per cent of respondents saying their opinion of him dropped after watching the debate.

Campbell was widely seen in media reports as having lost the debate and has been attacked for patronizing NDP leader Carole James.

Fifty-eight of those polled said Campbell is patronizing, CTV reported.

Reid states a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20 for this poll. However, other pollsters and polling experts maintain that, for methodological reasons, it is not proper to quote a margin of error for online polls.

Tom Barrett reports for The Tyee.

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