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Tri-City, BC bellwether reveals Campbell okay but party in the Soup
  Sep 07, 2006

A random telephone sample of 410 residents in the Tri-City area including Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and Port Moody between September 2 and 7, 2006. This survey features a margin of error of plus or minus 5.25%, 18 times out of 20 @95% competency. This survey was funded by ROBBINS Sce Research (1998).

Question #1
Have you ever heard of a program called City Soup?
Yes    51 %
No    49 %
Question #2
Is it your perception that the $4-5 million dollars spent on the City Soup program by Tri-City taxpayers was money well spent?
Yes    10.5 %
No    42 %
Don't Know/don't use it    48 %
Question #3
Currently what is your perception on the level of quality in job performance by your Mayor and city council?
They are doing a good job    25 %
They are doing an average job    29 %
They are doing a poor job    11 %
I don't know    35 %
Question #4
Do you have confidence in your Mayor?
Yes    29 %
No    29 %
Don't Know    42 %
Question #5
In situations other than when human life is in jeopardy do you believe there are circumstances where Tri-City officials should direct the killing of bears or their cubs?
Yes    36 %
No    64 %
Question #6
Which one of the following politicians or political parties gives you the most confidence in politics?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper    18 %
BC Premier Gordon Campbell    23 %
BC NDP Leader Carole James    15 %
The Conservative Party of Canada    21 %
The Liberal Party of Canada    09 %
The BC Liberal Party    06 %
NDP Party of Canada    09 %
Commentary
Roughly one half of Tri-City residents have heard of the City Soup program, and of those who have heard of it, only one in five supports the cost of it. Of total Tri-City respondents, around one in ten is a supporter of City Soup.
One if four Tri-City residents believe their Mayor and city council are doing a good job while one-third cannot comment on the job they are doing. One in five respondents in Coquitlam and Port Moody believe their Mayor and city council are doing a good job, while Port Coquitlam fares much better.
Slightly less than one in three respondents have confidence in their Mayor, however nearly 40% of Port Coquitlam respondents has confidence in its Mayor and only 23% has confidence in Coquitlam’s Mayor.
A majority of Tri-City residents do not support the killing of bears or their cubs, or in the alternative could not think of a reason for killing them, other than in circumstances where human life is challenged.
Slightly less than one in four respondents in this poll believes Premier Gordon Campbell gives them the most confidence in politics while his party is chosen the least number of times as providing confidence in politics.
According to this ROBBINS poll of respondents from all regions of the Tri-city, the City Soup program has fallen short of anything that might be considered a success. The actual amount of money dumped into this program from all levels of Liberal government is 12 million. Had we employed that amount in our question what might the percentage of support have been? Five per cent? One per cent? Former Deputy Premier Christy Clark, current Premier Gordon Campbell, former Coquitlam Mayor Jon Kingsbury, current Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, and current Coquitlam Mayor Maxine Wilson have had nothing but praise for the City Soup program. Local press has only lightly pressed the issue of some dubious looking elements of the program outcomes, so why has it not resonated with the people who paid for it? Is this because many politicians are not sufficiently skilled or knowledgeable to know the difference between a success and a failure, or are there more untoward and sinister considerations? Or is 10% endorsement considered to be a success in today’s politics?
The federal government put five million dollars into this program with (apparently) little to show for it. Prime Minister Harper needs to have a good look to see if taxpayers have received their monies worth. There is no point in trying to make local leaders accountable, they haven’t been in the past.
With the addition of 12 million dollars ROBBINS could have saved the world by now.
Net of “Don’t Know” respondents, Port Coquitlam respondents are the most supportive of their Mayor and City council, and Mayor alone. Mayor Scott Young is in the low 50’s “yes” for confidence while his council raises the combined total to net 60% insofar as the perception of doing a “good job” is concerned. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini hovers near the total “yes” in confidence of 30% while he and his city council score slightly less than that in terms of “good performance”. Coquitlam Mayor Wilson optimum numbers for “yes” net of don’t knows are in the mid 30’s while her and city council totals after lumping in BOTH ‘good’ and ‘average’ performance NET of ‘don’t knows’ is in a distinct majority based significantly on the perception that so many respondents believe they are doing an “average” job.
According to the statistical wizardry of ROBBINS (relating specifically to Q#6), we are able to determine the base support of the BC NDP party at 31.3%, and the base support for the BC Liberals at 30.9% in the Tri-City regions of British Columbia. ROBBINS calculates the current ‘election’ ‘support’ for the BC NDP at 44.715% and for the BC Liberals at 42.025% in the Tri-City region with a factor of ‘Other’ at 12.00% (O=12).
Nearly one half of respondents who believe there are other circumstances for taking a Bear or its cubs life also derive their confidence from Premier Gordon Campbell. There are all kinds of bears roaming their former habitat in Westwood Summit (Coquitlam), and Heritage Mountain in Port Moody and a new development in Burke Mountain (Coquitlam) will likely have similar problems. Are bears being targeted for increased kill in order to accommodate development?

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