Albertans Overwhelmingly Reject a Provincial Sales Tax

More than a third of residents say the economic conditions are poor, but most expect the price of oil to recover. Calgary, AB – The economic uncertainty provoked by the recent drop in the price of oil has not led Albertans to embrace the concept of a provincial sales tax, a new Insights West poll… Read more »

British Columbians Concerned About School Zone Road Safety

BCAA School Zone Safety survey reveals common driving mistakes in school zones and how drivers can contribute to better safety 72 per cent in B.C. believe that road safety in school zones is worse around “back to school” times. 80 per cent in B.C. think motorists are aware of the rules of the road when… Read more »

Your Insights on Cross-Border Shopping

A large majority of Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley residents are making driving trips to the US (74% in the past 12 months), and this trend is apparently increasing (21% go more often now than 12 months ago whereas only 12% go less often). Superior US retail pricing is the number-one reason to cross the… Read more »

Half of British Columbians Oppose Northern Gateway

In a purported province-wide referendum, almost half of the province’s residents would say “No” to the project. Vancouver, BC – Public support for the Northern Gateway Pipeline has dropped in British Columbia but remains high in Alberta, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of representative provincial samples, four-in-five British Columbians… Read more »

Your Insights on Employee Satisfaction in Alberta

Over half (54%) of employees would leave their current job for the right opportunity, despite the fact that many give their employer decent ratings (average rating of 7.2 on a 10-point scale). Calgary, AB – A recent online poll of 522 working adults in Alberta (those who are employed full or part time, not self-employed)… Read more »

Your Insights: Alberta Fans React to the Return of the NHL

The NHL lockout has taken a toll on fan enthusiasm in Alberta, with fan support cutting in half and significant proportions of Albertans planning to watch (52%) or attend (62%) games less often than before the lockout. Furthermore, half of Albertans (48%) agree that they will boycott the NHL in one way, shape or form…. Read more »

Metro Vancouver Still Divided on Coal Shipping Facility

Two thirds of residents are concerned over the effect coal may have on air quality. Vancouver, BC – There is no consensus in Metro Vancouver on the recently approved coal transport facility at Fraser Surrey Docks, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative sample of Metro Vancouver residents,… Read more »

Your Insights on Employee Satisfaction in BC

Over half (55%) of employees would leave their current job for the right opportunity, despite the fact that many give their employer decent ratings (average rating of 7.1 on a 10-point scale). Vancouver, BC – A recent online poll of 788 working adults in British Columbia (those who are employed full or part time, not… Read more »

British Columbians Spend Nearly as much Time Using Smartphones as Watching Their TV Screens

Our tracking measures a 14% increase in smartphone hours of usage per week. Top pet peeves of Smartphone usage include people texting and driving, using devices in movie theatres, talking loud in public places and restaurant usage. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are relying more than ever on smartphones, smartphone activities, and apps, according to… Read more »

Your Insights on the Floods in Alberta

Albertans give high marks for how the community and its political leaders reacted to the crisis, and two-in-five have made a financial donation to assist those in need. Calgary, AB – One of the worst floods to hit Alberta in decades brought out the best in the province’s residents, and political leaders fared well in… Read more »