‘More than a quar­ter of Van­cou­verites undecided ahead of elec­tion

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With less than two weeks left un­til Van­cou­verites choose their new mayor, a new poll sug­gests more than a quar­ter of vot­ers re­main undecided. Ac­cord­ing to the Re­search Co. sur­vey, 26 per cent of res­i­dents said they were “not sure” who they would vote for. Re­search Co. pres­i­dent Mario Canseco said the un­cer­tainty is likely the re­sult of greater di­ver­sity in terms of can­di­dates and po­lit­i­cal par­ties com­pared to pre­vi­ous mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions. “This elec­tion is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. It’s all over the place. You have a lot of new par­ties, lots of new can­di­dates, lots of in­de­pen­dents who’ve de­cided to run,” he told CTV News. “We have two very cred­i­ble in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates who are now ranked num­ber one and num­ber three, so there’s def­i­nitely a lot of con­fu­sion for some vot­ers—maybe those who haven’t been pay­ing enough at­ten­tion to the race, but also those who are still try­ing to fig­ure out which one of the par­ties they want to sup­port.” The num­ber of undecided vot­ers has shrunk com­pared to the re­sults of his re­search from just a few months ago, Canseco added. Un­cer­tainty was higher among women (31 per cent) com­pared to men (20 per cent). Kennedy Ste­wart, who is run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent, con­tin­ues to lead in name recog­ni­tion, ac­cord­ing those polled. That’s likely part of the story be­hind his over­all pop­u­lar­ity. Ste­wart was fol­lowed by the NPA’s Ken Sim, who polled at 20 per cent. Ste­wart held a dou­ble-digit lead over the NPA can­di­date among the women polled (41 to 16 per cent), but the two were vir­tu­ally tied among male re­spon­dents.The sur­vey put in­de­pen­dent Shauna Sylvester in third spot with 16 per cent and Hec­tor Brem­ner of Yes Van­cou­ver in fourth with 10 per cent. ProVan­cou­ver’s David Chen and Wai Young of Coali­tion Van­cou­ver both polled at seven per cent. Canseco said Vi­sion Van­cou­ver and the NPA have dom­i­nated past elec­tion. But the for­mer isn’t run­ning a can­di­date this time, and that could be work­ing in Ste­wart’s favour. “You have about 50 per cent of them say­ing they’re vot­ing for Ste­wart. He’s in­her­it­ing a lot of those votes from Gregor Robert­son,” Canseco said. “We don’t see the same for Ken Sim. He’s only get­ting 39 per cent from those who voted for Kirk La­Pointe, so if you have a high re­ten­tion rate from a very pop­u­lar in­cum­bent in the last elec­tion, you’re go­ing to be ahead.” Ad­vance vot­ing in Van­cou­ver starts Wed­nes­day and will con­tinue for a week. Elec­tion Day is on Oct. 20 and what all can­di­dates will be fo­cused on is get­ting vot­ers mo­ti­vated to ac­tu­ally show up and cast their bal­lots. Canseco said his re­search will fo­cus on how mo­ti­vated vot­ers are ac­tu­ally feel­ing be­tween now and then. “I think this is go­ing to be cru­cial for all can­di­dates, not only Kennedy Ste­wart who is right now num­ber one,” he said. Only four per cent of par­tic­i­pants in the poll said they in­tended not to vote.

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