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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics November 23, 2008
  Nov 23, 2008

A targeted poll of 440 British Columbians who vote--throughout the entire province-third week of November 2008. Margin of error is <2.0% question 1-2; 4.5% remaining questions, 19 times out of 20 @95% confidence. Sponsored in part by Jim Van Rassel (604) 328-5398.

Question #1
For which party did you vote in the last provincial general election?
BC Liberals-(201)    46 %
BC NDP-(184)    42 %
BC Green-(43)    10 %
Other-(12)    03 %
Question #2
If an election were held tomorrow in BC for which leader and political party would you caste your ballot?
BC Liberal    40 %
BC NDP    44 %
BC Green    08 %
BC Conservatives    06 %
Undecided    15 %
Question #3
In a Macleans.ca article entitled Feschuk on the Famous, writer Scott Feschuk quoted Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying on September 15, 2008 at the beginning of the most recent federal general election My own belief is if we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now. Given your opinion of current market conditions and looking back on the timing of the last election is it your opinion that Prime Minister Stephen Harper knew more about pending economic problems than he was disclosing to Canadians during the election?
Yes    56 %
No    30 %
Undecided    14 %
Question #4
In your opinion did Prime Minister Stephen Harper purposefully misrepresent the truth about the economy to Canadians during the most recent federal general election for his own electoral benefit?
Yes    49 %
No    38 %
Undecided    13 %
Question #5
Which level of government and government policies in your opinion has a greater impact on the success or failure of BCs provincial economy?
The Federal governments policies    52 %
The Provincial governments policies    38 %
Undecided    10 %
Question #6
In your opinion are the costs/investments in the 2010 Olympic Games hurting or helping BCs provincial economy?
Hurting    61 %
Helping    21 %
Undecided    18 %
Question #7
Which of the two main political parties in the province of BC in your opinion would be best do deal with tough economic times?
BC Liberals    37 %
BC NDP    39 %
Neither/Undecided    24 %
Question #8
Which of the two main political parties in the province of BC in your opinion would be best do deal with Health Care?
BC NDP    50 %
BC Liberals    24 %
Undecided    26 %
Question #9
Which of the two main political parties in the province of BC in your opinion would be best do deal with Education including post secondary education?
BC NDP    43 %
BC Liberals    37 %
Undecided    20 %
Question #10
Premier Gordon Campbell provided nearly two billion dollars in tax cuts to upper income British Columbians in his first term as Premier. Should BCs Premier after the May 2009 provincial general election increase taxes on BCs wealthier families in order to help fund and preserve social programs like health care, education, and homelessness?
Yes    39 %
No    34 %
Undecided    27 %
Commentary
Observations:
The BC NDP continue to lead the BC Liberals, however this lead is within the margin of error for this poll.
Clearly, the BC Liberals are losing support based on migration of voters reflecting a loss of (12.4%) support. In contrast the BC NDP have increased voter support by (4.7%).
BC Greens are down (16.3%), while the BC Conservatives have emerged from virtually nowhere to remain at (06%) from our last ROBBINS poll.
Two-thirds of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that Prime Minister Harper Knew more about pending economic problems than he was disclosing to Canadians during the (general federal) election, while one-third of decided British Columbians are not of this opinion.
(57.8%) of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that Federal government policies have a greater impact on BCs provincial economy while (42.2%) of decided British Columbians are of the opinion it is provincial economic policy which has the greater impact on BCs economy.
Three-quarters of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that the cost/investment of the 2010 Olympic Games is hurting BCs economy.
(48.7%) of British Columbians (who selected either BC Liberals or BC NDP) in question #7 are of the opinion that BC Liberals would be the best government in tough economic times while (52.3%) are of the opinion that the BC NDP would be best.
More than two-thirds of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that the BC NDP would be best to deal with Health care.
(53.8%) of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that the BC NDP would be best to deal with Education including post secondary Education, while (46.2%) are of the opinion that the BC Liberals would be best.
(53.4%) of decided British Columbians are of the opinion that BCs Premier after the May 2009 provincial general election should increase taxes of BCs wealthiest families in order to help fund and preserve social programs like health care, education, and homelessness.

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