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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics June 13, 2013
  Jun 13, 2013

This British Columbia ROBBINS Sce Research (1998) survey conducted less than one month after the May 2013 general provincial election among BC Voters who participated in both the 2009 and 2013 general provincial elections - reveals the degree with which Voters have already lost confidence in the Government (and Opposition).
Question 1 expresses the disappointment BC Voters have in the two main political parties barely 4 weeks following a general provincial election. 'Many' Voters who voted BC Liberal in the general election are unhappy the party they voted for - actually won - or alternatively, the margin of victory and size of the majority.
'Many' BC Liberal Voters (2013) are no longer supporters and have already departed to "BC Greens" or "Other". 'Many' voters who voted NDP in the general election see it as a "failed party" and "question the party's future."
Question 2 offers evidence that only (15%) of BC Voters support a $127,000 'transition fee' for MLA's defeated in the recent provincial election. This practice is unacceptable to the vast majority of BC Voters, many who confront the difficulty of meeting month to month bills, made more challenging while living in high cost Greater Vancouver--who view this 'traditional payout' as "disgraceful" and who also believe it "should be legislated away as soon as possible". BC Voters believe that in political contests "losers should not be rewarded."
Question 3 reveals that a majority of BC Voters do not support the parliamentary tradition that the leader of the party that wins government should automatically become the premier when that leader did not win a seat in the general election. This question is relevant to the election loss of Premier Christy Clark who is now forced to seek a seat in a by election in Kelowna.
(10.5%) of supporters of the BC Liberal party in question 1 responded "No" in question 3. This might infer that support for Premier Christy Clark is the low to mid thirty percentile.
Question 4 reveals that only a minority of respondents (27%) support the decision by suburban city councilors and mayors to spend tax payer dollars on hotels, meals and entertainment at a convention of the federation of city councilors and mayors. Barely (25%) of eligible voters will participate in municipal and city elections - in any event - it is fair to conclude then as one BC Voter in this survey suggested that "these elected officials don't care what anyone thinks - they are only momentarily embarrassed by the news of the day."
Question 5 reveals that less than 1 in 5 BC Voters believes Stephen Harper's position that he was not aware that his Chief of Staff paid disgraced Conservative Senator Mike Duffy $90,000 in order that Duffy pay back expenses he owed to tax payers. This is hurting Stephen Harper's reputation of being a straight shooter.
Question 6 reveals that a clear majority of BC Voters do not believe that so called independent agencies of the government are in fact Independent. Voters "aren't buying" (what the packaging is selling). A large segment of the respondents in this ROBBINS survey who answered "No" took that position based on the fact that the question asserted that these independent agencies are reliant on government for funding. "If you rely on someone else for your money you can't call yourself independent."
Question 7 provides a disturbing outcome. Nearly 1 in 7 'decided' BC Voters from 2009 and 2013 elections believes that it is possible that BC elections could be manipulated - or tampered with.
Question 8 is based on a slightly different theme but involves BC Voters insurance premiums. Bruce Cran a well known Canadian consumer advocate has determined that a billion dollars per year of surplus ICBC auto insurance profits is being directed to general revenues of government over the lifetime of the BC Liberal government. These monies must be considered tax dollars at the point of delivery to the government coffers. BC Voters want the (so called) free enterprise government to allow competition over basic insurance premiums - and these numbers clearly bear this out.
Question 9 deals with the anticipated Kinder Morgan application for pipeline upgrade and expansion in Greater Vancouver - through Burnaby - anticipated to request permission to pump more Alberta oil through to tankers on the cost.
With the Enbridge pipeline proposal - needing to climb a mountain -to obtain public support - and with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the BC Voter dog house at this time, the stage is set to determine to what extent (if any) British Columbians living in the Greater Vancouver region - support a Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion as part of the overall application for upgrade.
According to his ROBBINS Mediation Survey BC Voters residing in this region will allow double the existing capacity. Triple capacity may be pushing the envelope.
A ROBBINS Mediation Survey of 547 BC Voters from the most recent general provincial election last May 2013 who also voted in the general election of 2009. These BC Voters were interviewed between June 8 and 12, 2013. This survey features a margin of error of 4.19% 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence. Jim Van Rassel and Associates sponsors research - he can be reached at 604 328 5398.

Question #1
Which leader and party in British Columbia from the response choices offered do you support today - one month after the general provincial election? (#'s for leaders and parties to 100% and nearest .25 basis point)
Christy Clark and BC Liberals    35.25 %
Adrian Dix and BC New Democrats    34.25 %
Jane Sterk and BC Greens    20.25 %
Other leader and party    9.50 %
Undecided    8 %
Question #2
Do you support a $127,000 transition fee for MLA's defeated in the recent general provision election?
Yes    15 %
No    71.25 %
Question #3
In British parliamentary tradition which has been passed onto Canada, the leader of the political party which forms government automatically becomes premier of the province even if that leader failed to win their seat in the general election. Is this an appropriate way to manage - a modern democracy in BC in 2013.
Yes    40.25 %
No    52.75 %
Question #4
Recently at a 3 day convention in downtown Vancouver BC for city councillors and mayors from across Canada - it was discovered that most city councillors and mayors from cities and municipalities such as Coquitlam and Surrey were staying in expensive hotel rooms and enjoying fine dining on the tax payer's dime, rather than commuting to the convention for each day's work. Do you support this expenditure?
Yes    26.75 %
No    61.25 %
Question #5
Do you believe that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was 'completely unawares' that his former Chief of Staff had paid off 'the controversial $90,000 debt' of former Conservative Senator Mike Duffy relate to the Senate over spending scandal?
Yes    19.75 %
No    66.50 %
Question #6
The Government of British Columbia features a number of Agencies which are referred to as being independent from government; yet rely on government for various budget allotments for their existence. Some of these independent agencies include the Privacy Commissioner, Ombudsperson Office, and Elections BC. Do you believe that these independent agencies operate completely independent of government influence?
Yes    39.75 %
No    45.50 %
Question #7
There are some in British Columbia who believe that general elections in BC can be manipulated, tampered with or otherwise corrupted to fulfill agendas of other powerful interests. Do you believe this is possible?
Yes    9.25 %
No    54.50 %
Question #8
Do you support the BC Liberal government permitting all private insurance companies to compete for automobile customers including the sale of 'basic' insurance premiums in an effort to reduce automobile insurance costs for BC drivers?
Yes    68.25 %
No    27.75 %
Question #9
Kinder Morgan currently has existing pipeline capacity in the lower mainland to ship oil for export. These pipelines have existed here for many years. Kinder Morgan wants to upgrade these existing pipelines, and wants to add more pipeline capacity. Additional pipeline would mean more tankers would be travelling in Vancouver's narrow water ways. In your opinion how much additional capacity if any, should Kinder Morgan be granted by the citizens of Metro Vancouver to Kinder Morgan?
10 times existing capacity    1.5 %
5 times existing capacity    2.75 %
2 times existing capacity    49.25 %
No additional capacity    42.75 %

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