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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics August 3, 2011
  Aug 03, 2011

Question #1
Which leader and party in British Columbia do you most support?
Adrian Dix and BC New Democrats    40.5 %
Christy Clark and BC Liberals    34 %
John Cummins and BC Conservatives    17.5 %
Jane Sterk and BC Greens    8 %
Undecided    22 %
Question #2
Which one of the following response choices BEST reflects what motivates people to enter politics?
Pursue their own self interest and acquire power    73 %
To serve the public interest ahead of their own self interest    13 %
Undecided    14 %
Question #3
From the following response choices, which BEST reflects the fiscal approach you support most?
Increase taxes on higher income earners and corporations    38.5 %
Provide tax cuts to middle income earners    25.5 %
Cut government spending at all levels by 1%    34.5 %
Undecided    00 %
Commentary
Adrian Dix and BC New Democrats continue their certain lead over Christy Clark and BC Liberals, while John Cummins and BC Conservatives control one third of the former Free Enterprise coalition vote in the province of British Columbia. Jane Sterk and BC Greens continue to hold their normal level of support.
The BC New Democrats achieve 47% on Vancouver Island - 43% in the Lower Mainland including the city of Vancouver (45%) through to Surrey (48%). 31% in the Fraser Valley and 33% in the North and Interior (including the Okanagan).
The BC Liberals achieve 24% on Vancouver Island, 36% in the Lower Mainland - 38% in the Fraser Valley and 35% in the North and Interior. The BC Conservatives achieve 15% on Vancouver Island, 13% in the Lower Mainland, 28% in the Fraser Valley, and 25% in the North and Interior. The BC Greens achieve 11% on Vancouver Island, 8% in the Lower Mainland, 3% in the Fraser Valley and 7% in the North and Interior.
Women respondents support the NDP and Greens 57% of the time, while Men support the BC Liberals and BC Conservatives 55% of the time. Overall, British Columbians support Christy Clark and BC Liberals and John Cummins and BC Conservatives 51.5% of the time (decided). 7% of NDP-Green supporters want government spending cuts of 1%, while 79% support increased taxes on high income earners and corporations.
72% of BC Conservatives and 56% of BC Liberals support 1% cuts to all government spending.
The vast majority of British Columbians are of the opinion that politicians are motivated to enter politics to “Pursue their own self interest and acquire power.” Many of these don’t see this in a negative light but rather as simply a statement of fact.
Adrian Dix and BC New Democrats look set to win a majority government in British Columbia if an election is called anytime soon. John Cummins and BC Conservatives are bona fide and sufficiently split the centre right vote to make the NDP viable in regions like the Fraser Valley that previously would have been unimaginable.
British Columbians accept the fact that their choices for candidates are limited and there is little they can do about it. However, they also believe that those who do seek elected office are doing it for themselves - and expect them to do the job they are being paid for and do it well. “They should work for us not the other way around.”
Traditional centre right party supporters are slightly less inclined to support cuts to government spending than centre left parties are to support taxes to high income earners and corporations.
Gordon Campbell gave substantial cuts to the wealthy in his first term commencing 2001 and Adrian Dix leader of the BC New Democrats is well within his rights to -now - claw this money back to help bolster government service and programs.
Christy Clark has been put in an almost untenable position by former Conservative MP - John Cummins - forced to deal with the NDP on the left and chase John Cummins on the right who attracts former Gordon Campbell supporters and big support for his 1% cuts to government spending ideology.
Methodology - A random sample of 832 respondents throughout British Columbia July 21 - August 2, 2011. Margin of Error is 3.4%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

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