News & Press: 2016

Metro Vancouverites Pick Their Favourite Christmas Light Display, Movie and Holiday Drink

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Home Alone/It's a Wonderful Life/Elf and Rum and Eggnog top the lists. Vancouver, BC – Public Christmas light displays are the preferred holiday activity for Metro Vancouverites, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey... Read more

British Columbians Remain Split on Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

Most residents agree with the federal government’s decision to reject the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Vancouver, BC – The proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline remains contentious in British Columbia after the federal government formally approved the project,... Read more

More than Half of British Columbians Likely to Move in the Next 5 Years

B.C. is going to be a province on the move in the next five years. More than four in 10 B.C. homeowners and seven in 10 renters are planning to buy or rent a different home in the next... Read more

Canadian Retirees Ill-Prepared for Retirement According to New Nation-Wide Survey

65% Say Working with a Financial Advisor Helped Them Achieve Their Retirement Goals VANCOUVER, BC – Insights West, a leading Canadian market research firm, and Credential Financial, a national wealth management firm for credit unions and independent financial institutions, today... Read more

Holiday Season Parking Causes the Most Stress for Metro Vancouverites

More than a third of residents say they would be more likely to try a carsharing service if it guaranteed access to parking spots. Vancouver, BC – Many Metro Vancouverites say parking is the most stressful part of transportation during... Read more

Alberta Government Improves on Energy and Pipeline Management

Still, the New Democrats are now tied for second place with the Progressive Conservatives, as Wildrose Party leads. Calgary, AB – The Alberta government is connecting with the public on energy and pipelines, but continues to lag on other issues,... Read more

Grizzly Trophy Hunt Could Swing Voters in British Columbia

Almost half of BC residents are more likely to support a party that vows to ban the hunt. Vancouver, BC – A new survey reveals that the contentious grizzly bear trophy hunt may influence the 2017 provincial election. The Fur-Bearers,... Read more

Housing Still Top of Mind as British Columbians Ponder Political Choices

The governing BC Liberals gain 30 points in six months on their handling of foreign ownership in housing. Vancouver, BC – More residents of British Columbia continue to look at housing, poverty and homelessness as the most important issues facing... Read more

Calgary Residents Eager for the Return of Uber

Overall, Calgary residents have a positive overall opinion of Uber. Calgary, AB – The majority of Calgarians would like to see Uber returning to the city’s streets, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative... Read more

Kinder Morgan Could Inflict Political Damage on Trudeau Liberals in BC

Oil tanker expansion a ballot-box issue for many 2015 Liberal voters, poll finds. Vancouver, BC - A new poll by Insights West shows strong opposition to increased oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s south coast, including those voters who supported... Read more

BC motorists admit to being Canada’s worst winter drivers but many doing little to prepare – new BCAA survey

Drivers overplay their skills, underestimate weather conditions and downplay risks Burnaby, B.C. – B.C. motorists feel pretty good about their winter driving skills heading into what the World Meteorological Organization predicts will be a colder and stormier season across the... Read more

Seventy per cent of British Columbians Support Pausing Site C Construction to Investigate Alternatives

Nine-in-ten residents favour investing in energy efficiency measures and adding more wind, solar and geothermal power to the grid. Vancouver, BC — British Columbians want BC Hydro’s Site C dam sent for an independent review and support stopping construction on... Read more

Clinton is Ahead of Trump as U.S. Presidential Election Approaches

The popular vote shows clear differences in gender, age and education. Vancouver, BC – Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton heads to tomorrow’s presidential election in the United States with a lead in the popular vote, new research conducted by Insights... Read more

Four-in-Five Canadians Fearful of a Trump Presidency

One third of Canadians want the federal government to seriously consider severing diplomatic ties with the United States if Trump wins the election. Vancouver, BC – As the United States presidential campaign reaches its final week, the proportion of Canadians... Read more

Two Thirds of Canadians Support Distracted Walking Legislation

While nine-in-ten Canadians agree with distracted driving laws, only 51% say they have been effective. Vancouver, BC – Canadians are decidedly supportive of the legislation that bans drivers from using hand-held devices in every province, and a majority believe the... Read more

Canadians Want Legal Marijuana, But Unsure of Where to Buy It

Only 9% of Canadians who have never used marijuana are “likely” to try it for the first time if it becomes legal. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are in favour of marijuana becoming legal, but there is no consensus on... Read more

Most Washingtonians Satisfied with State’s Marijuana Regulations

Two thirds are glad that taxing and regulating marijuana has provided another source of revenue for the government. Vancouver, BC – After more than two years with legal marijuana in their state, most Washingtonians are content with the situation, a... Read more

Clinton Leads Trump, Republicans Reject Changing Their Nominee

Three-in-five Trump voters say there is nothing particularly offensive about the candidate’s comments on women. Vancouver, BC – Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton heads to the final month of the United States presidential campaign with a solid lead over Republican... Read more

Three-in-Ten Canadians Personally Impacted by Addiction

Poverty and affordable housing are also seen among the three most pressing social issues facing the country. This research is dedicated to the memory of Port Moody teenager Gwynevere Staddon. Our goal is to raise the bar on awareness and... Read more

BC’s Millennials Home Longer and More Frugal Than Gen X

Many living with parents longer because they are hoping to buy a home of their own. Vancouver, BC – The majority of B.C. Millennials living with their parents are saving to buy their own home (60 per cent), says a... Read more