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RSR poll in British Columbia on death: assisted suicide, death penalty & abortion
  Mar 15, 2016

Question #1
Which leader and political party in British Columbia from the following choices offered, do you currently support most? (decided up to 100% -inc of Undecided (119%))
John Horgan and BC New Democrats    43 %
Christy Clark and BC Liberals    36 %
Andrew Weaver and BC Green Party    14.5 %
Dan Brooks and BC Conservative Party    5.5 %
Undecided/Don't know    19 %
Question #2
According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, “A Catholic-run health authority in British Columbia that receives millions in public funds and owns and runs major hospitals in the province has sent a memo to staff saying doctor assisted death is not permitted in its institution.” Following a Supreme Court of Canada decision directing the Government of Canada to adopt legislation to broaden access to assisted suicide to Canadians, a new parliamentary report says the service should be widely available across the country.” In your opinion, should Catholic Hospitals which receive government funding be made to offer access to lawful assisted suicide in circumstances warranting it within Catholic hospitals?
Yes    54 %
No    30 %
Question #3
In your opinion should a person who commits multiple random murders and is deemed to be a psychopath be executed by the State?
Yes    42 %
No    54 %
Question #4
In your opinion should provincial health care dollars pay for a woman demanding an abortion?
Yes    64 %
No    31 %
Commentary
From Question #1-
1st place- John Horgan and BC New Democrats- Vancouver Island (43%), City of Vancouver (42%), Suburban Vancouver (inc Surrey, N Van & W Van) 34%, Fraser Valley (34%), Southern Interior plus Kootenays (32%), Northern BC (31%)
2nd place- Christy Clark and BC Liberals- Vancouver Island (23%), City of Vancouver (31%), Suburban Vancouver (31%), Fraser Valley (inc Langley City/Township) (33%), Southern Interior (30%), Northern BC (28%)
3rd place- Andrew Weaver and Green Party- Vancouver Island (18%), City of Vancouver (16%), Suburban Vancouver (11%), Fraser Valley (10%), Southern Interior (11%), Northern BC (7%)
4th place- Dan Brooks and BC Conservatives- Vancouver Island (5%), City of Vancouver (2%), Suburban Vancouver (4%), Fraser Valley (7%), Southern Interior (8%), Northern BC (6%).
Undecided: Vancouver Island (12%), City of Vancouver (9%), Suburban Vancouver (23%), Fraser Valley (16%), Southern Interior/Kootenays (19%), Northern BC (28%).
John Horgan and BC New Democrats hold a comfortable lead over Christy Clark and BC Liberals.
Great leads occur for the NDP on Vancouver Island where BC Liberal totals are pre election low.
The BC NDP possesses a solid lead in Vancouver with a relatively low undecided number.
Suburban results reflect a close race between BC NDP and Liberals with a significant Undecided percentage (23%).
The Southern Interior reflects another close contest between BC NDP and BC Liberals, again, with BC Green split (11%) and Conservatives a more realistic (8%).
The Northern BC region reflects a slight lead for the BC NDP (within margin of error) with an Undecided percentage of (28%).
From Question #2-
John Horgan and BC NDP lose (1/2%) to BC Liberals and gain (2%) back from them, (4%) from BC Green, (1/2%) from BC Conservatives & (4.5%) from Undecided.
Christy Clark and BC Liberal lose (2%) to BC NDP, (1.5%) to BC Green & (1%) to BC Conservative and gain (1/5) from BC NDP, (1%) from BC Green, (2%) from BC Conservatives and (4.5%) from Undecided.
Andrew Weaver and BC Greens lose (4%) to BC NDP, (1%) to BC Liberals, and gain (1%) from BC NDP, (1.5%) from BC Liberals and (3.5%) from Undecided.
Dan Brooks loses (1/2%) to BC NDP, (2%) to Liberals, and gains (1%) from Liberals and (1/2%) from Undecided.
All things considered, I believe this survey to be good news for John Horgan and BC NDP not just because it is well outside the margin of error, but because the overall numbers are not as affected by inflated BC Conservative numbers pushing BC Liberal support down during polling periods, only to fall themselves at election time permitting BC Liberal support to increase drastically at election time.
Anecdote suggest the high Undecided are just that, voters from the last election are a year out and don't know who they support.
What I see as more comfort to the BC NDP is that the lead over the BC Liberals is not 10-15% as it was a year prior to the 2013 election.
The BC NDP have high support on Vancouver Island and City of Vancouver and given the relatively low Undecided (this far out) from the real election fireworks suggests a large number of BC NDP will be returned from these two regions, possibly with the theft of a seat or two from the BC Liberals.
I wouldn't presume to speculate on the Vancouver Suburbs with such a high Undecided, save to say if the BC NDP attracts one half of them at election time they would be nearly impossible to stop moving through the remainder of the province.
The Northern region of British Columbia is interesting given the NDP's slight lead but also for the significant Undecided among voters. This region of the province given Alberta's economic problems and once wealthy oil producers going out of business and laying off people – is being similarly affected.
All in, I believe this a survey which the BC New Democrat's should find to their liking. Christy Clark and BC Liberals are not lurking 15 points behind as they often were prior to the 2013. This poll reflects a more realistic but pretty solid (6%) percent lead over Christy Clark and BC Liberals.
Similarly, the BC Conservatives hold lower support that is more realistic and not holding 4-5% of BC Liberals in hiding.
In our question on the Catholic hospitals and assisted suicide legislation coming to a city and town near you in Canada, these numbers reflect an almost anti Catholic sentiment. British Columbian's do not seem concerned about who owns or runs the hospital, if their money is flowing through it you obey the law. Defenders of the the hospitals consider deference to doctor's personal views and of the ethical position of the owners of the hospitals.
Politically, what is interesting is that the least support for the Catholic hospitals on this question (“No”) is found in the Southern Interior/Kootenays and Northern BC (26%).
This question also attracts a high Undecided, though what is clear is that the voters side with Catholic hospitals accommodating access.
On the issue of dying, a majority of British Columbian's do not support the death penalty even for the worst murderers. A clear majority support provincial funding for abortions (a woman's right to choose).
An RSR ROBBINS poll of 1,400 British Columbian's March 4th -14th, 2016. This telephone poll features a margin of error of 3%, plus or minus 5%.

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