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Poll testing support for BC coalition under various leaders

Somebody is polling to test how much support there might be for a "Free Enterprise Coalition" in British Columbia under three different leaders.

"Now imagine the next provincial election were contested with the BC Liberals and the BC Conservative Party running together as a 'Free Enterprise Coalition' led by three different people," the Angus Reid Forum online survey for May asks participants, following a question about voting preference.

"Which of the following parties would you be most likely to support in your constituency under each scenario?" it asked.

The scenarios are "Free Enterprise Coalition with Christy Clark as leader," with Kevin Falcon as leader or with John Cummins as leader.

While Clark is premier, Falcon came second last year in the BC Liberal leadership contest she won and now serves as deputy premier and finance minister. Cummins leads the Conservative Party, which has gained in the polls over the last year.

Survey participants could say in each scenario whether they would vote for the NDP, the hypothetical coalition, the BC Green Party, another party or independent, or were undecided or would not vote.

The survey does not indicate who, if anyone, hired the company to include the question.

The next provincial election is scheduled for May 14, 2013.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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