Beedie poll offers additional leadership race insights

Today, The Vancouver Sun reported two polls show Christy Clark is "by a wide margin the candidate who could make B.C. Liberal supporters less likely to vote for the party." But those weren't the only findings of those polls, which were commissioned by Ryan Beedie, a key backer of competing leadership hopeful Kevin Falcon. One of them - conducted by Leger Marketing Inc. between February 15 and 16 - found:

* 41 percent of respondents who are decided voters support the provincial New Democrats, giving the party a four percentage point lead over the Liberals. By comparison, a Vision Critical/Angus Reid poll conducted between February 15 and 17, found that, if an election were held tomorrow, 41 percent of respondents would vote for the Liberals giving the party a three percentage point lead over the New Democrats;

* 15 percent of respondents who are decided voters support the provincial Conservatives;

* 33 percent of respondents are moderately or very worried about Ms. Clark being too close to Michael Ignatieff's federal Liberals;

* 35 percent of respondents are moderately or very worried about Mr. Falcon being too close Stephen Harper's federal Conservatives;

* those who voted for the provincial Liberals in the last election, are more worried about Ms. Clark being too close to the federal Liberals than they are about Mr. Falcon being too close to the federal Conservatives;

* eight percent of respondents said they would "certainly" vote for the provincial Conservatives when ask how "strongly" they would consider voting for that party should Ms. Clark be elected leader;

* six percent of respondents who voted for the provincial Liberals in the last election said they would "certainly" vote for the Conservatives when asked the same question;

* 30 percent of respondents said they would "slightly" or "strongly" consider voting for the provincial Conservatives should Ms. Clark be elected leader; and

* 40 percent of respondents who voted for the provincial Liberals in the last election said they would "slightly" or "strongly" consider voting for the Conservatives should Ms. Clark be elected leader.

The other poll was conducted by Abingdon Research, whose chief research officer is Hamish Marshall. Mr. Marshall is also the media contact for Falcon 20/20, the third party business group led by Mr. Beedie.

The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned polls.

Leger Marketing Inc. poll

Abingdon Research poll

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