PROVINCIAL PULSE – By two to one, B.C. residents support Horgan’s Site C call

Meanwhile, support for proportional representation is dropping


January 12, 2018 –  A politically risky call that might have threatened the future of the NDP government in B.C. is being met with the approval of just over half of British Columbians.

Fifty-two per cent say the Horgan government’s decision to continue construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam was the “right decision” – twice as many as say it was the wrong one (26%).

But while the decision on Site C may provide an added spring to the step of this nascent government, it will need to shore up what appears to be softening support for a key campaign promise to introduce proportional representation in B.C.

While a majority of 57 per cent in this province still say this type of electoral system is preferable to the current first-past-the-post structure, the latest public opinion data on BC issues from the Angus Reid Institute notes a drop in support since September, when 65 per cent said the same.

More Key Findings:

  • Four-in-five past BC Liberal supporters (78%) say the government made the right choice with respect to Site C. Much lower support – though still a plurality – is found among past NDP (44%) and Green (42%) voters.
  • While there has been a slight uptick in support for the current first-past-the-post voting system among BC NDP and BC Green Party voters, each still voice strong majority support for proportional representation. The largest change in opinion on this issue is among past BC Liberal voters. In September half (52%) preferred PR – that number has dropped to 36 per cent.
  • B.C. residents are evenly split regarding their disposition toward the government to this point. Fifty-one per cent are optimistic when they look at how the government is functioning, while 49 per cent are pessimistic. This is a notable increase in optimism since June, up eight points.

Link to the poll here:

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3 Comments on PROVINCIAL PULSE – By two to one, B.C. residents support Horgan’s Site C call

  1. William Roberts // January 23, 2018 at 7:07 PM // Reply

    Mel, I can only hope that support for proportional representation increases. Under the current system, a minority of voters can elect a majority government. It’s happened in four out of the last six elections in BC. In 1996, a majority government was elected by only 39% of the voters. It just isn’t right. This is no way to run a democracy. We need proportional representation!

  2. I must admit it is distressing to see the result of this pole.If I accepted the results without question then it would be disheartening to believe that must British Columbians are so out of tune visa vie the environment.It would be even worse if I thought they didn’t care about past and present commitments to first nations on land , resource and cultural issues.The idea that money trumps integrity is depressing.
    I believe that it can still be defeated, if the west Moberly/Prophet river legal challenge can reach the supreme court of Canada. Canada and BC are signatory to UNDRIP and the principal of reconciliation,both of which have been made a mochery of by Horgans move and I think he knows it.With the Chilkotin decision having become the “on the ground ” expression of the Delgamuk court decision I believe the supreme will be bound by the terms of those agreements.
    So I think there is still hope and that the court cases move along.I urge those people pursuing the courts to continue their efforts.
    To me, it is a national shame that the dollars played such a significant role.

  3. From the Province.

    The report was compiled from two waves of data. The first came as the result of an online survey conducted between Dec. 7 and 14 from a representative, randomized sample of 5,413 Canadians registered as part of the Angus Reid Forum. Of those, 691 were a part of the B.C. specific sample. A probability sample of this size carries a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points in B.C., 19 times of 20.

    The second wave of data was collected through online surveys from Dec. 19 to 21. That survey was taken by 803 B.C. adults who were registered with the Angus Reid Forum. A probability sample of this size carries a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

    I’m sorry, but you will never convince me that polls taken on such a small sample size mean anything at all. Use all of the fancy math that you want, but I highly doubt that if you polled much larger numbers of people ( like a couple of million ) that you could duplicate these results at all.

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