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Metro Vancouver Poll-ROBBINS on BC Liberal sale of UBC golf course to Musqueam natives, and new Chinese political party
Anyone But Campbell-Let's get moving  Jun 23, 2007

This is a random sample ROBBINS poll of 1,025 British Columbians between June 17 and 22nd, 2007. It features a margin of error of 3.13%, 19 times out of 20 @98% competency/confidence. This poll was sponsored by ROBBINS and Jim Van Rassel of Coquitlam (604) 328-5398.

Question #1
Do you support the sale of the UBC golf course lands to the Musqueam tribe to settle land claims?
Yes    30 %
No    70 %
Question #2
There is a new BC political party which has an Asian leader and indicates it will target Asian votes for the next BC provincial election. In your opinion should potential Asian candidates with 'dual' citizenship in China and Canada be permitted to become BC MLA's?
Yes    33 %
No    67 %
Question #3
Chinese companies have aggressively pursued acquisitions of BC companies. Recently a Chinese funded BC company applied to bring 400 Chinese workers to BC. In your opinion do you foresee a potential conflict between a Chinese dominated BC political party and British Columbians economic interests?
Yes    69 %
No    31 %
Question #4
Who in this country has access to the Canadian Charter of Rights?
All Canadians    22 %
Some Canadians    27 %
Criminals    19 %
Minority Groups and Special Interests    32 %
Question #5
Which political party in the province do you most support at this time?
BC Liberals    48.5 %
BC NDP    51.5 %
Undecided/Neither of these    32 %
Commentary
Observations:
Respondents in a clear majority do NOT support the sale of the UBC golf course to the Musqueam tribe.
A similar size majority of respondents is of the opinion that candidates for an Asian political party in BC must have Canadian citizenship ONLY to be eligible for public office in this province.
A constant of respondents are of the opinion that an Asian political party will create conflicts for BC's economy.
A clear majority of British Columbians in this ROBBINS poll are of the opinion that "Some Canadians" and "Minority groups and Special Interests groups" have access to the Charter of Rights, while nearly one in five cynically characterize the Charter as a legal document for "Criminals".
The BC NDP has taken a lead over the governing BC Liberals in public support.
Respondents who support the sale of the UBC golf course to the Musqueam Indians, don't support dual citizenship for Asian party MLA's (or apparently any other elected officials), and want Canadian citizenship only in public office is to be considered. This same correlation extends to those respondents who anticipate a conflict of interest between the Chinese political party and BC's economic interests.
Slightly more than one half of all respondents support either the Asian political party or the Musqueam Indian land sale but not both.
The Charter of Rights has some credibility problems. The sense that the Charter has limited impact on individuals owing to perceptions of legal costs or dysfunctional court decisions and legal processes has British Columbians giving Canada's top legal document the back of their hand.
It is extremely unlikely that the Charter can withstand any further loss to its credibility.
The governing BC Liberal Party has started to fade. Mainstream pronouncements that the party still has a big lead in public opinion is noise. Expect these numbers to hold, and as more crisis hits the BC Liberals between September 2007 and the New Year, for their numbers to crash.
The sense that the Campbell government is corrupt and "in it for themselves" is starting to trickle into the mainstream commentary in subtle ways. It will take very little to push BC Liberal numbers into the low to mid thirties.

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