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Marijuana-BC's new grass cow!
  Jun 21, 2004

This is a random telephone survey of 1,150 British Columbians June 17-22, 2004 throughout 14 regions of the province. Respondent contributions reflect relevant voting trends in every region in the last general provincial election in May 2001, which is more relevant than popular support alone. ROBBINS notes that in the more populated areas of the province the BC Liberal support in actually lower, this included the City of Vancouver and Burnaby. BC Liberal support is highest in Richmond, Langley, Langley Township, the Fraser Valley, Okanagan Peace River, North Shore and West Vancouver. BC Liberals are competitive in Surrey and Tri-Cities. All other areas of the province reveal higher NDP support with pockets of high Reform BC support particularly in the Northern ‘23’. BC Liberals have 25-28 seats’, NDP has 35-40 seats’, Reform BC threatens in 10 seats. The margin of error is 1.25% to 3.75%, 18 times out of 20 @ 98% competency, except where BC political parties are concerned. BC Liberal support in the province does not exceed 32% under any circumstance of science, or statistical rationalization. The NDP does not exceed 41% under the same application.

Well respected Criminologist and ex-Osgood Hall educated lawyer, Neil Boyd of Simon Fraser University revealed on the Voice of the Province television show that proceeds from marijuana grow operations are sometimes used to purchase restaurants in British Columbia. With this statement in mind, in your opinion, do establishments such as restaurants and pubs that serve alcohol provide a “useful and beneficial” role in society?
Yes    53.3 %
No    43.1 %
Servers in establishments that provide customers with alcohol are five times more likely to develop a drinking problem than others who do not work in the industry. With this statement in mind, in your opinion, should owners of drinking establishments be compelled to pay additional Workers Compensation premiums for those employees who develop alcoholic drinking problems on the job?
Yes    48.80 %
No    43.30 %
Experts including Neil Boyd of Simon Fraser University, a long time advocate of legalizing marijuana, and more recently right wing ‘think tank’, The Fraser Institute, have mutually concluded that decriminalizing marijuana is not the solution to the marijuana drug problem, ‘it will only make drug dealers wealthier’. These experts also conclude that police resources are stretched too thin to possibly catch all the criminals operating marijuana grow operations. The province desperately needs a solution. In your opinion, based on the statement provided in the preamble to this question, which of the following two statements best reflects which of the two courses of action that you as a voter and citizen would recommend to your elected officials
Take the criminal incentive out of marijuana by legalizing it and collecting the two billion dollars in taxes suggested by the Fraser Institute and Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell    58. %
toughen up existing statutes, provide the police with greater resources, and encourage the courts to get tougher with drug dealers    40.07 %
This is a baseline question to help identify you in relation to the answers in the other questions. Please do your best to provide your opinion. Which of the following three statements best reflects your voting preference when you consider the prospect of voting 'back in', Gordon Campbell’s BC Liberals for another four years term in May 2005?
I am certain to cast my vote for Gordon Campbell and his BC LIberals    23.6 %
There is no chance in heaven or hell that I would ever vote for Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberals    57.3 %
If there are only two parties, the NDP and the BC Liberals, I’ll vote for the BC Liberals    18.2 %
If an election were held in British Columbia on June 28, 2004 for which party would you cast your vote?
Green Party of BC    8.4 %
Unity BC    6.5 %
BC New Democrats    37.3 %
BC Liberals    27.8 %
Reform BC    15.3 %
If an election were held in British Columbia on June 28, 2004 and you were allowed to make a second choice, for which party would you most likely cast that second choice ballot
Green Party    20.5 %
Unity BC    1.3 %
NDP    8.9 %
BC Liberals    2.8 %
Reform BC    4.8 %
If you were only permitted BY LAW to vote for one of two parties, and you understood that you would receive $100.00 for voting in a general provincial election in May, 2005, which of the following three choices BEST depicts how you would cast your vote for the $100.00 in voter compensation?
Carole James and the BC NDP    45.9 %
Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals    35.4 %
Under no circumstance would I ever vote BC NDP or BC Liberal    14.2 %
Past BC Premier’s Ujjal Dosanjh, Glen Clark, and current BC Premier Gordon Campbell are all from Vancouver, British Columbia. After the next general provincial election in BC, would you like to see BC with a Premier who is NOT from Vancouver, British Columbia?
Yes, I'm sick of the province being controlled from Vancouver    67.4 %
No I don't think it matters where the Premier is from so long as he/she is the best person for the job    28.8 %
Commentary
A slight majority of BC respondents are of the opinion that drinking establishments provide a useful and beneficial role in society. Respondents agree that establishment owners should take responsibility for employees who develop alcohol problems on the job. These same respondents have surprisingly declared their interest in legalizing marijuana, not necessarily because they want to, but because that is the only way to ‘solve’ the problem. Respondents have no confidence remaining in the judicial system.
Gordon Campbell has the base support of business in BC, but his public ‘support’ beyond that is ‘soft’. His ability to draw support from other parties is negligible to non-existent. NDP is in the driver’s seat because of their solid base support and the mutual support between that political party and the Green party, with the absolute likelihood that NDP takes from Green and not vice versa.
British Columbians are angry with provincial leadership always coming from Vancouver, and would like to see a leader from another part of the province after May, 2005. Premier Campbell is from Vancouver, and his pre-occupation with his own ‘political backyard’ galls respondents.
Insight-Certainly most restaurants are not financed with marijuana grow-up proceeds. However, according to expert Neil Boyd, they are a favourite place through which to launder dirty money. Bars, and other cash businesses such as tolled highways are the type of target that drug dealers favour where dirty money can be rinsed into the clean stuff.
After interrupting progress on employee health in bars and nightclubs, the BC Liberals in the face of ever present health care issues, will now have to contend with the social costs of alcohol involving employees in that service industry. Where respondents in question #1 were from all political stripes, those who answered “yes” in question #2 were predominantly New Democrats and Greens.
This survey reflects the reality that British Columbians of all political stripes want an end to the marijuana grow-up problem. Marijuana is no longer seen as the ‘gateway’ drug for teenagers, most respondents understand that alcohol is
Also, respondents are most annoyed that so many British Columbians are being rewarded for their illegal efforts, while they grind away at their jobs doing things the legitimate way. The longer ‘cheaters’ are seen to prosper, the more annoyed the public is becoming. With the Fraser Institute and Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell coming out with their report and political suasion, men and women of all political stripes are saying let’s solve this problem NOW!
Mainstream polls showing the combined NDP-BC Liberal vote at 84 per cent are not genuine. ROBBINS does not believe the numbers. These two parties are not seen with that much confidence by the public. Let’s try to be serious. The BC Liberals are viewed with much more skepticism than the New Democrats are, because they are currently incompetent (and many respondents actually wonder if the NDP were this bad!) The BC Liberals have propped up a dead man in Premier Gordon Campbell who was seriously wounded over his drinking and driving, and has been cast aside by British Columbians as very ‘OVER’ in terms of any political relevance with one political mistake after another. Realistically, speaking within a margin of error of approximately .50% to .75% the New Democrats have 41% of public support, and the BC Liberals 32%. The BC Liberals have had between 30-32% according to ROBBINS for nearly one year now. We believe the numbers of mainstream pollsters have been inflated for fund-raising purposes. The historical high average for the Social Credit party was around 41%, no-one in their right mind would try to sell the BC Liberal performance anywhere close to that number.

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