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British Columbians tell Campbell government-don't sell anymore of our stuff and MLA's mind your backyard.
  Jun 12, 2005

Methodology- What we did in this poll was to divide the province into four distinct regions, which covered all 79 ridings. These regions included Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland of BC, and the northern and interior ridings. Our standard procedure is to collect the data overall (‘province-wide’) and to determine a median average and a mean average for that data. We than calculate the data from the (regional areas) and determine a median average and mean average for that specific regional data. These second groupings of data are than factored with the original ‘province-wide’ numbers to produce one total (the provincial global total), ‘the first calculation’. We than consider the data from the second grouping and than weigh these numbers based on the numbers of seats in a region (with the lower mainland numbers having the greatest weight because of the greater number of seats). These numbers (the weighted regional numbers) are added with the ‘first calculation’. These two numbers are than averaged and denoted as a percentage, ‘the second calculation’. Margin of error is conducted through compiling the aggregate deviation from median average and mean average and dividing by the number of ‘polls’ within that calculation to achieve an average. These two numbers are than averaged and thereafter usually rounded to the nearest (.25%). “Margin of error” averages are calculated individually for each question and than compiled and simply averaged. Throughout the initial calculations median and mean averages are used equally, however final calculations reveal a greater emphasis on mean average. This is a general application of statistical science as PhD mathematics is not required for a poll with less than 5,000 respondents and with a margin of error greater than 1.75%. This poll is constituted on a basis of random digit dialing of 850 (original) BC respondents throughout the regions described between June 2nd and June 12th, 2005. This survey has a margin of error of 3.95%, 18 times out of 20 @ 98% competency. This survey is considered a scientific poll for legal purposes. ROBBINS has developed a proprietorial ‘formula’ exclusive to ROBBINS Sce Research for aiding in the successful predicting of public opinion from polling data. This polls features a value to cost ratio of 6 to 1.

Question #1
Do you support new legislation that would restrict MLA’s to be Recalled by their constituents based exclusively on a threshold of 40% of those who actually voted in the most recent general provincial election?
Yes    37 %
No    63 %
Question #2
Do you support clearly defined provincial ‘people’s initiatives’ that would compel and legally bind every successive BC government to do the wishes of the people of British Columbia throughout the term of each government based on a reasonable formula of voter authority for so doing?
Yes    31 %
No    69 %
Question #3
Do you support empowerment of the citizens of British Columbia to access power through initiative over significant legal statute or public policy enacted by this or any other BC government, during the course of Office of a particular provincial government?
Yes    42 %
No    68 %
Question #4
Do you believe that any proposed sale or otherwise relinquishment or disposal of an undertaking or any significant Crown Asset, including but not limited to the sale of Crown Assets or legal property, should first be ratified by the citizens of the province via referendum or plebiscite prior to the ratification or completion of the proposed ‘deal’?
Yes    71 %
No    29 %
Question #5
In your opinion should eligible voters in BC who do not vote in a preceding BC Election be restricted by law from registering their vote in a Petition for Recall of their MLA?
Yes    41 %
No    59 %
Question #6
(Preamble) BC voters selected STV a new voting format, to the extent of 57% in the overwhelming majority of the provinces 79 ridings. Yet, 88% voted for one of BC’s two main parties, namely the BC Liberals or the BC NDP. Which of the following choices BEST depicts and explains this apparent voter dichotomy?
Voters believed that the May 2005 provincial election would be the last vote for what is essentially a two party system    11 %
Voters are happy with either the BCL or BCNDP, they were just venting some frustration through the STV vote    23 %
Voters wanted to send a proper message to government that they want fairer and better representation    46 %
Voters did not give that much thought to STV, it was new and different so they voted for it    16 %
Commentary
In this poll the citizens of British Columbia through ROBBINS establish the boundaries of the BC Liberal government’s second term mandate. It is abundantly clear from this poll that British Columbians (despite a recent provincial election) are not satisfied with the present system of government. As it is with federal politics, British Columbians at the provincial level are experiencing a sort of “submissive apathy” ® when it comes to provincial political matters. Respondents in this poll don’t want to hamstring elected officials, but clearly lower thresholds for Recall are on the table, as this appears to be the only perceived mechanism for voter control over politicians. The message to elected Officials in this poll is look out for your riding first, and your political party second.
The more immediate message to Gordon Campbell is be very careful whom you make a Cabinet Minister.

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