B.C. Government Report Card: July 2023

July 13, 2023

This article is part of Leger’s regular B.C. Government Report Card series. It is a shortened version of the full survey; the next wave in the fall of 2023 will contain the full set of results. The previous edition can be viewed here.

Leger surveyed British Columbians from June 30 to July 4, 2023, to explore their perspectives on the B.C. government, including their opinions of the party leaders, their voting intentions and more.

SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS OF OUR B.C. GOVERNMENT REPORT CARD SURVEY INCLUDE… 

LEADER AWARENESS AND APPROVAL RATINGS

  • There is no party leader that British Columbians are universally aware of. The current premier, David Eby has the highest level of awareness whereas the newest leader, John Rustad, is the least well known.
  • Premier David Eby receives the highest approval rating of the leaders again this wave at 46%, relatively unchanged from January. Furstenau, Falcon and Rustad suffer from a lack of recognition (with 42% not knowing enough to rate Furstenau, 34% not knowing enough to rate Falcon and 53% not knowing enough to rate Rustad).

CHANGE IN OPINION OF LEADERS

  • When it comes to whether opinions of the party leaders have improved or worsened over the past six months, the upward trajectory seen for Eby last wave has been lost this time around, putting the “net” change in opinion in negative territory for the premier, as it is for all four party leaders (this means more have a worsening opinion than a better one).

PROVINCIAL VOTING INTENTIONS

  • If a provincial election were held tomorrow, 44% of British Columbia decided voters would vote for the BC NDP, 27% would vote for BC United, 16% would vote for the Conservative Party of BC, 11% would vote for the BC Greens and 3% would vote for another party.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY 

  • For this wave of research, 1,000 residents of British Columbia aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from June 30 to July 4, 2023.
  • The data was weighted according to the Canadian census figures for age, gender and region within the province.
  • No margin of error can be associated with a non-probability sample.  However, for comparative purposes, a probability sample of 1,000 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

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