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NEW - RSR Survey -Leader and Party Support, The Enbridge Decision/; Alternative Energy Solutions; Property Tax Alternatives; The BC Teachers/Government Dispute
  Jun 17, 2014

Question #1
Which provincial leader and party do you currently support?
John Horgan and BC New Democrats    35 %
Christy Clark and BC Liberals    32 %
Andrew Weaver and BC Greens    24 %
Dan Brooks and BC Conservatives    9 %
Undecided    12 %
Question #2
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced his approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. There are news reports of opposition to this. In your opinion what decision path should British Columbian`s take going forward?
Acknowledge the pipelines are in the national interest and accept Stephen Harper`s decision    19 %
Realize the pipelines are not in British Columbia`s interests and resist the decision    23 %
I support the pipeline    21 %
I do not support the pipeline    37 %
Question #3
One half of the homes in Germany have some type of solar panels or other energy reduction apparatus in their home or property to reduce the carbon footprint in that country, and to save energy costs. In your opinion, which of the following response choices best reflects why Canada or British Columbia doesn`t get involved with a similar program?
Our provincial and federal governments are not progressive in policy making concerning the environment    42 %
Our country and our province is resource based so we don`t need to do this    33 %
Our country is cold much of the time so it likely wouldn`t be successful    21 %
Question #4
Currently, municipal and city taxes are based in large part on property values. In your opinion would it be fairer to base property taxes on income as well as property values?
Yes    47 %
No    34 %
Question #5
In your opinion should those property owners who have lived at the same property and paid their taxes on that property for a minimum of 25 years as a principle residence exempted from paying further property taxes as long as they live at the property
Yes    48 %
No    33 %
Question #6
Which side of the BC Teachers-BC Government dispute are you currently supporting?
BC Teachers    52 %
BC Government    26 %
Commentary
John Horgan`s BC New Democrats lead the leader and party pack in this RSR Survey for the Province of British Columbia - with (35%) decided support, off (10%) from May 2013 election totals. Christy Clark`s BC Liberals are fading in support once again with (32%), down (25%) from the recent provincial election.
Obviously, the big story here is the surge of the BC Greens now hot on the heals of the governing BC Liberals in provincial support, and following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government's acceptance of the Enbridge pipeline proposal. The weeks and months that follow will inform us if this support is a reaction or a response to the Prime Minister's support of the controversial pipeline.
The BC Liberals may be down in public support, in part due to the perceived connection between their political party and the Harper government, but one should bear in mind that their main competitor the BC New Democrats - who historically fear the BC Greens the most are themselves being challenged by BC Greens in their stronghold of Vancouver Island, home of new leader John Horgan.
The bad news for the BC Liberals is that they are tanking once again in Vancouver City and the Suburbs regions of the province, where both the New Democrats and BC Greens are finding solid public support.
Our question 2 affirms polls and survey past regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Six in ten BC voters don't want it with (40%) of these voters prepared to resist it.
What is most noteworthy about the outcomes of this question (see breakdown) is the fact that the high numbers against are found on Vancouver Island and Vancouver and the Suburbs, suggesting that not all Conservative MP's in BC are staring at the abyss of their political careers with a general federal election looming in the next year.
A fair conclusion to draw on the Enbridge pipline matter is that the closer a BC voter is resident to the ocean the more likely they are to oppose the pipeline.
Question 3 does well to flesh out some attitudes among voters toward progressive energy concepts.
Once again Vancouver Island is the Greenest of them all with (64%) of voters there of the opinion that neither the provincial nor federal governments are progressive on policy making for the environment. Thirty - seven per cent of voters in Vancouver and the Suburbs see government as non progressive, while less than one in three voters in Langley and the Fraser Valley and the North and Southern Interior support this opinion.
The explanation that Canada is a resource based country/province is not supported on Vancouver Island (15%), moderately supported in Vancouver City and Suburbs (34%) and better supported in Langley and the Fraser Valley (38%) and the North and Southern Interior (42%).
Our RSR question 4 reveals a real shocker and the revelation that (47%) of BC voters are of the opinion that property values should be determined on not only the value of the property but income as well. This new tax assessment policy is supported by nearly 4 in 10 in Vancouver City and the Suburbs and nearly one in two in Langley and the Fraser Valley and the North and Southern Interior. An estimated one in three are against this property tax assessment proposal.
Question 5 is the companion to question 4 as it asks BC voters if property owners should be exempt form paying property taxes if they have remained resident in the property for 25 years. Once again, nearly one in two voters supports this policy concept with the lowest support in Vancouver City and the Suburbs at (40%) and average support on Vancouver Island, Langley and Fraser Valley, North and Southern Interior averaging (50%).
BC Teachers are cleaning up support in public opinion in their dispute with the BC Government and this support is right across the province. Government's claims to balanced budgets are increasingly being seen as silly by many voters based on the fact that assets were sold to cover deficits, which is not a balanced budget of course. Fiscal responsibility is one important factor in good government, but the cost to public and consumer confidence in government should also be considered when negotiating settlement of issues. If one eye is always on the next election, the vision to do the public good is not available to the decision maker. The public good must be considered in the difficulties and costs to the public each and every time these negotiations fail to produce a settlement.
John Horgan and New Democrats - Vancouver Island (41%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (36%), Langley and Fraser Valley (30%), North and Southern Interior (30%).
Christy Clark and BC Liberals - Vancouver Island (23%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (30%), Langley and Fraser Valley (34%), North and Southern Interior (38%).
Andrew Weaver and BC Greens- Vancouver Island (32%), Vancouver and Suburbs (23%), Langley and Fraser Valley (18%), North and Southern Interior (17%).
Question 2(a) Vancouver Island (11%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (17%), Langley and Fraser Valley (24%), North and Southern Interior (26%).
2(b) Vancouver Island (36%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (28%), Langley and Fraser Valley (19%), North and Southern Interior (24%).
2(c) Vancouver Island (9%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (21%), Langley and Fraser Valley (28%), North and Southern Interior (29%).
2(d) Vancouver Island (44%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (42%), Langley and Fraser Valley (28%), North and Southern Interior (31%).
2(d) Vancouver Island (44%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (42%), Langley and Fraser Valley (28%), North and Southern Interior (31%).
Question 3(a) Vancouver Island (64%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (37%), Langley and Fraser Valley (29%), North and Southern Interior (27%).
3(b) Vancouver Island (16%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (34%), Langley and Fraser Valley (38%), North and Southern Interior (42%).
3(c) Vancouver Island (16%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (17%), Langley and Fraser Valley (30%), North and Southern Interior (31%).
Question 4(a) Vancouver Island (45%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (39%), Langley and Fraser Valley (45%), North and Southern Interior (52%).
4(b) Vancouver Island (23%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (38%), Langley and Fraser Valley (34%), North and Southern Interior (29%)
Question 5(a) Vancouver Island (58%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (40%), Langley and Fraser Valley (42%), North and Southern Interior (50%).
5(b) Vancouver Island (26%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (38%), Langley and Fraser Valley (23%), North and Southern Interior (31%).
Question 6(a) Vancouver Island (63%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (48%), Langley and Fraser Valley (44%), North and Southern Interior (57%).
6(b) Vancouver Island (20%), Vancouver City and Suburbs (27%), Langley and Fraser Valley (31%), North and Southern Interior (25%).
Methodology - An RSR Survey of 1,103 BC voters from the most recent May 2013 general provincial election. This survey was conducted June 17-20, 2014 has a Margin of Error of 3% plus or minus at 95% confidence. The survey data was sponsored by Jim Van Rassel- number for contact 604 328 5398.

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