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British Columbians dislike premier and possible replacements

British Columbians are ready for Premier Gordon Campbell to go, but a recent Angus Reid Strategies poll was also discouraging for any of the politicians who might like to replace him.

Seventy percent of respondents disapproved of Campbell's performance and seventy-five percent opposed him running again in 2013.

But that did not translate to support for Carole James. Just 29 percent said they approved of her performance while 45 percent disapproved.

And asked about list of 15 possible successors to Campbell, Surrey Mayor Diane Watts fared best, followed by radio host and former Liberal MLA Christy Clark, NDP MLA Mike Farnworth, Attorney General Mike de Jong and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Rounding out the bottom of the list were Transportation Minister Shirley Bond, Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman, Environment Minister Barry Penner and Health Minister Kevin Falcon.

The poll results, released Sept. 5, gave 45 percent support to the NDP, 31 percent to the Liberals, 11 percent to the B.C. Green Party and seven percent to the Conservatives. The firm conducted the online poll of 783 British Columbians between Sept. 1 and Sept. 3. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percent, 19 times out of 20.

Only 50 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the May 12 election. A recently released Elections B.C. survey found 34 percent said a change of political parties would make them more likely to vote in the next election.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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