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RAV-the unfolding of another political con job by the BC Liberals
  Apr 29, 2004

A random telephone survey of 425 respondents in the cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Surrey between April 25-30, 2004. Number of respondents proportioned to population. This survey has a margin of error of 3.75%, 18 times out of 20 @ 97% competency.

Question #1
How would you measure your current support for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games?
High Support    23 %
Medium Support    25 %
Low Support    29. %
Question #2
Do you know what the RAV line is?
Yes    69 %
No    31 %
Question #3
Are you willing to pay an additional $750-1,500 amortized over 15 to 20 years on property taxes for the RAV line, which will run from Vancouver to Richmond and to the Vancouver Airport?
Yes    15 %
No    85 %
Commentary
The further a property taxpayer is situated from the City of Vancouver, the less likely they are to support the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Respondents in these regions of the lower mainland are not as familiar as they ought to be with construction of the RAV line, and had no idea of the liklihood that they will be forced to pay additional taxes for it. Respondents in this survey are extremely unhappy with this prospect.
BC Premier Gordon Campbell has managed to convince Mayors in the lower mainland to shoulder a good portion of the blame for problems and or cost overruns that will inevitably be attracted by RAV.
Respondents in this survey are of the opinion that residents in Vancouver and Richmond, and the private Vancouver Airport Authority, will benefit the most from construction of the RAV line. A previous survey conducted and published by ROBBINS in spring 2003 revealed that the vast majority of Richmond citizens won't use the RAV line. An informal survey of employees working at the Vancouver Airport at that time suggested that Airport users will not likely use the RAV line, but will instead take taxis or limousines. This hypothesis is supported by the socio-economic demographic composite of Richmond residents relative to those commonly associated with users of public transit.

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