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Metro Vancouver Poll-ROBBINS SUPERMAN poll of lower mainland transit
Anyone But Campbell-Let's get moving  Oct 08, 2007

A random sample of 2,032 respondents by way of telephone interview between October 1 and 8, 2007. This poll features a margin of error of 2.24%, 19 times out of 20 @99% competency/confidence. This poll was sponsored by Glen P. Robbins and Associates, and Jim Van Rassel, member Conservative Party of Canada (604)328-5398.
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Question #1
How often do you travel over and back on the Port Mann Bridge by automobile?
3-5 times per week    7.22 %
Once per week    13.96 %
Once per month    16.93 %
3-5 times per year    9.27 %
2 times per year    14.98 %
I don't ever use the Port Mann Bridge    16.45 %
Other/Undecided    25.36 %
Question #2
Are you ready willing and able to pay $7.00 to go over and back on the proposed 'twinned' Port Mann Bridge?
Yes    31 %
No    60 %
Question #3
Are you ready willing and able to pay $7.00 to go over and back on the proposed 'twinned' Port Mann Bridge ('automobile users' only from previous Q)
Yes    55 %
No    44 %
Question #4
Which of the following limited response choices BEST reflects your priority(s) over the coming weeks and months insofar as public policy is concerned?
A sustainable environment    51 %
Better roads, highways and bridges    30 %
Both 'a' and 'b'    19 %
Undecided/Could Not/Would Not Answer    07 %
Question #5
Which of the following in your opinion would do the BEST job of maintaining a sustainable environment for British Columbians
Carole James and BC NDP    34 %
Gordon Campbell and BC Liberals    14 %
The Green Party of BC    11 %
None of the Above/Undecided    31 %
Question #6
Which of the following in your opinion would do the BEST job of maintaining better roads, highways and bridges for British Columbians
Gordon Campbell and BC Liberals    42 %
Carole James and BC NDP    21 %
The Green Party of BC    06 %
None of the Above/Undecided    31 %
Question #7
For Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and 'part of' Burnaby respondents only-In terms of a rapid transit system for the Northeast sector which do you prefer?
An at grade light rail from Lougheed Mall in Burnaby/Coquitlam through the Cities of Port Moody and Coquitlam to the Towne Centre and Douglas College in Coquitlam    14 %
Skytrain from Lougheed Mall in Burnaby/Coquitlam down the Lougheed Highway to the Towne Centre and Douglas College in Coquitlam    74 %
Undecided/Don't Know    12 %
Question #8
For Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and 'part of' Burnaby respondents only-Do you support a grant of $15,000,000 from the BC government to Douglas College in order to assist and facillitate its status as a full fledged University, permitted to give out Bachelor's degrees in Arts, Science and other, like other Universities in British Columbia
Yes    77 %
No    18 %
Commentary
There is over 5 times the demand for 3-5 trips per week from Surrey compared to demand from Vancouver for use of the Port Mann Bridge.
There is nearly four times the demand from Surrey compared to demand from Burnaby, and just less than 3 times demand for 3-5 trip per week from Surrey compared to demand from Tri-Cities/Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge.
There is slightly more than one half as much demand for 'once per week' demand from Vancouver as there is from Surrey. There is 40% more demand for 'once per week' from Burnaby and Tri-Cities/Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge as there is from Surrey.
Demand for 'once per month' is approximately equal between Burnaby, Tri-Cities/Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge and 60% of this demand for 'once per month' from Vancouver.
Demand for 3-5 times per year is double from Tri-Cities/Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge as it is from Surrey, 50% higher from TC/PM/MR as it is from Burnaby and three times higher from TC/PM/MR as it is from Vancouver (proper).
Just less than one-third of total respondents in this ROBBINs poll are 'ready willing and able' to pay $7.00 to "go over and back" on the proposed 'twinned' Port Mann Bridge, while a majority of those who expressed use by automobile are prepared to pay the toll.
Those who demand the use of the bridge 3-5 times per week reflected the highest percentage of willingness to pay a toll.
Relatively speaking, just less than two-thirds of respondents see 'a sustainable environment' as reflective of their priorities relative to 'better roads, highways and bridges'.
Skytrain down Lougheed Highway remains at least five times more popular as LRT (at grade) system proposed by Mayor Joe Trasolini of Port Moody and others.
There is significant support for additional government monies going to Douglas College to expand its ability to provide full Bachelor degrees for students.
Addendum (October 11, 2007). One of the most conspicuous sub elements we garnered from this poll was the idea that politicians who promise things to begin after election dates, won't be taken seriously. All the video presentations, promotions and other 'stuff' relating to transportation and specifically to twinning the Port Mann Bridge, or rapid transit (in this poll) is left virtually worthless, if the government does not heed the axiom of 'show me don't tell me'. British Columbians are not swayed by 'accounts receivables'. Many respondents in this poll who said they are willing to pay the toll (hereinafter 'the ransom'), don't believe the bridge will ever be twinned. "They were supposed to do this 30 years ago, why now?"
Another respondent on the subject of light rail said "I hear its a concept from Europe, well all I know is I travelled the Port Mann Bridge back and forth every day for many years, and I never earned enough money to ever think of going to Europe."
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