04/26/2013 10:55 EDT | Updated 06/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Dix And Sterk Generally Favoured In Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island


NDP Leader Adrian Dix and Green Party Leader Jane Sterk are generally favoured by voters on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, while Liberal Leader Christy Clark and Conservative Leader John Cummins are more popular in the outlying parts of the province, according to CBC’s Vote Compass political questionnaire and position comparison tool.

Since it was launched for the 2013 B.C. provincial election, more than 36,000 responses have been logged and the results suggest how voters may view the party leaders’ performances in the campaign.

When it comes to overall ratings, the NDP’s Adrian Dix is out in front with Vote Compass users giving him an average score of 5.3 out of 10. The Green Party’s Jane Sterk takes second place with a 4.7 rating, followed by the Liberals’ Christy Clark in third and the Conservatives’ John Cummins in fourth place.

The 36,000 responses also give a glimpse of how the leaders are doing in terms of how much party supporters approve of them.

Preliminary results show that Dix is more highly approved by his own party supporters than Clark is among her party supporters.

Vote Compass also revealed that Clark is struggling to win support amongst female voters.

The Vote Compass voter engagement application has been used in elections across Canada by CBC News and in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal.

CBC's Vote Compass is a unique online tool developed with the input of political scientists at several Canadian universities, including the University of British Columbia. The B.C. Votes 2013 edition asks voters a series of questions on popular election issues specific to B.C.

It then compares their answers to the official party platforms and the positions of the leaders and shows the user which parties they are most closely aligned with.

British Columbians head to the polls May 14.

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