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Poll finds Liberal-NDP gap narrowing in BC

Despite the B.C. Liberal Party's troubles, it is within five percentage points of the New Democratic Party, according to a poll released this morning.

The Mustel Group poll, taken between Nov. 4 and 15 in the days after Premier Gordon Campbell announced his resignation, had the NDP at 42 percent and the Liberals at 37 percent.

That's narrower than the nine percent gap Mustel found in September.

Today's release had the Green Party at 10 percent support and the B.C. Conservatives at nine percent.

The poll also found 32 percent approved of Campbell's performance, while 60 percent disapproved. For NDP leader Carole James the approval rating was 33 percent, with 45 percent disapproving.

The random survey of 502 B.C. adults was conducted by telephone. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent, with 95 percent confidence. Sixteen percent of respondents were undecided.

The Liberals will choose a new leader in a Feb. 26 vote. An NDP provincial council meeting this weekend will consider motions both for and against James' leadership.

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

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