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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics January 12, 2011
  Jan 12, 2011

Question #1
Carole Taylor is the former B.C. Minister of Finance who announced in 2007 that she would not run for the BC Liberals in the 2009 provincial general election. She introduced the first carbon tax in North America and refused to bring in the HST - later brought in by premier Gordon Campbell. Based on this, would Carole Taylor be the best candidate to become BC’s next Premier in your opinion?
Yes    40.5 %
No    34 %
Undecided/Can't Say    25.5 %
Question #2
Would you support criminal laws which would make violent assaults against women as serious as criminal laws for hate crimes against minority groups?
Yes    71 %
No    23 %
Undecided    6 %
Question #3
Do you support a snap election in British Columbia in the late spring?
Yes    27 %
No    63 %
Undecided    10 %
Commentary
Former BC Liberal Finance Minister and Simon Fraser University Chancellor-designate Carole Taylor is the favourite political figure among British Columbians to be candidate for Premier. An incredible (54.5%) of decided respondents, who voted in the last election in British Columbia in May 2009 support Carole Taylor.
Her position on the carbon tax and the H.S.T. add to support among many B.C. voters residing in the lower mainland of the province.
An overwhelming majority of respondents support criminal laws “which would make violent assaults against women as serious as criminal laws for hate crimes against minority groups.” Although women represent one half of the population, violent assaults against them are unacceptable to British Columbians. Some respondents who answered “No” explained that the existing laws for assault against women (“or anyone else”) should be prosecuted with more vigor.
(30%) of B.C. voters residing in the lower mainland “support a snap election in British Columbia in the late spring.” A clear minority of these respondents did not support Carole Taylor in question No. 1. There was some anecdotal evidence that some who supported a snap election, wanted it “to get rid of the BC Liberals once and for all”.
A strategic calling environment (Sce) of 642 BC Voters from the May 2009 general provincial election between January 3-10, 2011. The Margin of error of this poll is 3.87%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

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