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Only one-in-three support BC-STV: poll

A third B.C. election poll suggests that the proposed BC-STV electoral system is unlikely to pass Tuesday.

A new Ipsos Reid poll found that only 33 per cent of respondents said they intend to vote for BC-STV. A slight majority – 52 per cent – said they intend to vote for the current First Past the Post system.

A further 15 per cent said they are undecided.

An Ipsos poll conducted for the No STV group in March found support for BC-STV at 43 per cent, compared to 41 per cent for the existing FPTP system.

Among decided voters, FPTP received 61 per cent support in the new Ipsos poll, compared to 39 per cent for BC-STV.

The Ipsos poll is based on 800 telephone interviews conducted between May 4 and 7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

It is the third poll within two days to suggest that support for BC-STV is fading.

Thursday evening, Angus Reid Strategies released a poll that found support for FPTP at 55 per cent, compared to 45 per cent for BC-STV among decided voters.

Earlier Thursday, a Mustel Group poll found 43 per cent of all respondents in favour of FPTP, compared to 33 per cent who said they intend to vote for BC-STV. Another 24 per cent were undecided.

Tom Barrett reports for The Tyee.

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