Saturday, October 10, 2015

Strategic voting in North Okanagan—Shuswap: vote NDP

Strategic tactical voting in North Okanagan—Shuswap
Strategic voting in
North Okanagan—Shuswap
Some might be surprised that North Okanagan—Shuswap, which includes the cities of Vernon, Armstrong, Coldstream, and Salmon Arm, is included among ridings where strategic voting could make a difference.  After all, in the last election the Conservatives were elected with an easy 55%, compared to 27% for the NDP, 7% for the Liberals, and 11% for the Greens.

Several important factors contribute to change.  First, the incumbent Colin Mayes decided not to run; second, Conservative support in BC has softened; and third, the Conservative nominee Mel Arnold seems to be a climate change denier.  

recent poll conducted by Oracle Research supports the view that change is afoot in North Okanagan—Shuswap. It finds the NDP in front with 41% support, the Conservatives with 38%, Liberals at 12% and Greens at 9%.  If strategic voters want to avoid vote splitting in North Okanagan—Shuswap, they should support the NDP.

Update.  A new poll from Environics confirms that strategic voters in North Okanagan-Shuswap should vote NDP:

Strategic voting in North Okanagan Shuswap