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RSR ROBBINSResearch - British Columbia Politics June 4, 2003
  Jun 04, 2003

Okanagan; How would you vote, on Party, on Coquihalla? Coquitlam-A survey of 540 respondents in the Okanagan including Kelowna Lake Country, Kelowna Mission, Okanagan Vernon, Okanagan Westside, Pentiction-Okanagan Valley and Shuswap. Respondents were asked who they would vote for, which party best reflected their values and principles and whether or not they agreed with the sale (lease) of the Coquihalla Highway. Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals was at 32% in this region just a couple of months ago (see the Paul Martin April 9, 2003 Peace and Okanagan survey). This survey was conducted between May 28 and June 3, 2003.

Question #1
Which political party did you vote for in the last BC provincial election?
BC Liberals    59.37 %
NDP    18.15 %
Green    10.19 %
Unity BC    8.89 %
Marijuana    2.04 %
Question #2
If an election were held tomorrow in BC for which political party would you cast your vote?
BC LIberals    30.74 %
NDP    20.19 %
Reform BC    20.19 %
Green    10.19 %
Unity BC    9.07 %
Marijuana    2.59 %
None    7.03 %
Question #3
Do you agree with the sale (lease) of the Coquihalla Highway by the BC Liberal government?
No    97.4 %
Question #4
Which BC political party best reflects you personal values and principles?
BC Liberal    29.89 %
Reform BC    22.77 %
NDP    19.44 %
Green    9.07 %
Unity BC    9.07 %
None    8.08 %
Question #5
How would you rate Premier Gordon Campbell’s performance to date?
Poor    38.33 %
Very Poor    21.86 %
Average    19.81 %
Good    16.85 %
Very Good    3.15 %
Premier Campbell and the BC Liberals are beginning to look like Corporate Raiders of the 1980’s. British Columbians are not happy with the government selling its Assets. The Coquihalla sale (lease) is the straw that has broken the proverbial camels back in the interior of the province.
The BC Liberals should reconsider this ‘transplant’ in the so-called heartland, because it is going to hurt them in 2005.
MLA Rick Thorpe has done much to help the BC Liberals, and his riding reveals the highest BC Liberal support. However along with the Deputy Speaker John Weisbeck declaring their intention to retire, and the political suicide the BC Liberals are committing with the Coquihalla debacle (particularly when Olympic support up here is nothing to right home about), Reform BC and the NDP have shots at these seats

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