Your Insights on Belief in Ghosts and Other Supernatural Entities

According to our BC Halloween poll, a surprisingly large number of BC adults believe in the supernatural, from the afterlife (60%) and angels (54%), to ghosts (48%), demonic spirits (36%), Satan (37%), and spirits of deceased individuals (41%). Most residents (73%) celebrate Halloween, with the most popular activities being handing out candy to kids (80%)… Read more »

Your Insights on Smartphones: Many British Columbians Are Addicted

 Nearly two-thirds (64%) of British Columbian adults now own a smartphone and are using their device an average of nearly two hours every day on a wide variety of activities. 18% of owners consider themselves addicted to their device. Vancouver, BC – Together with iamota (a mobile agency), Insights West recently completed its Smartphone… Read more »

Your Insights on Separated Bike Lanes in Vancouver

Three-in-five Metro Vancouver residents support the bike lane initiative, and seven-in-ten would endorse the implementation of a bicycle sharing system, similar to the ones currently in place in London, Paris and Montreal. Vancouver, BC – Almost three years have passed since the City of Vancouver introduced separated bike lanes in certain areas of the municipality,… Read more »

Residents in Alberta and British Columbia Diametrically Opposed on Fracking

People in the two Western provinces are familiar with the concept of hydraulic fracturing, but while practically half of Albertans support the method of gas extraction in their province, only a third of British Columbians concur. Vancouver, BC – The views of British Columbians and Albertans on the topic of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are… Read more »

Your Insights on the Upcoming BC Election

New Democrats (33%) hold a solid lead over the BC Liberals (21%) in this recent poll, but undecided (20%) voters lean towards Liberals (25%) rather than the NDP (20%), suggesting that the gap could narrow before election day. The ethnic vote scandal was particularly damaging for the Liberals, with 47% feeling Christy Clark handled it… Read more »

British Columbians Decry Government Stance on Teachers, Agriculture

Victoria gets its best ratings on handling crime and public safety, economy and jobs, and energy. Vancouver, BC – On the first anniversary of the BC Liberal victory in the last provincial election, British Columbians are taking a more critical view of some of their government’s recent actions, according to the new Insights West “BC… Read more »

Your Insights on the End of the HST

British Columbians are still divided over the HST (52% support it being extinguished; 37% oppose) and there is a lack of optimism as to the impact scrapping the tax will have on the BC economy (28% anticipate a benefit versus 39% a negative impact) and on personal finances (38% anticipate a benefit, 15% a negative… Read more »

Your Insights on April Fools’ Day in BC and Popular Conspiracy Theories

British Columbians widely participate in April Fools’ Day, with 71% having been fooled in the past and 56% having fooled someone else. We also found a surprising one-in-five or more BC adults believe in seven of eleven famous conspiracy theories! Vancouver, BC – A recent Insights West online poll surveying 867 British Columbians found that… Read more »

Domestic Energy Needs a Priority for Albertans, British Columbians

British Columbians want to proceed with caution on LNG, particularly on the issue of extraction. Vancouver, BC – Western Canadians believe that the country’s own energy needs should be the most important component of any new national policy, a new Insights West survey conducted in partnership with BC Business and Alberta Venture has found. The… Read more »

BC and Alberta Would Pick William as Next Monarch

A third of British Columbians and one-in-four Albertans would like Canada to have an elected head of state. Vancouver, BC – Residents of British Columbia and Alberta would like to see Prince William become the next King of Canada, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of representative provincial samples, almost… Read more »