British Columbians Have Higher Economic Confidence in 2017

The proportion of British Columbians who expect higher gasoline prices has doubled (from 39% to 81%) since January 2016. Vancouver, BC – Three-in-five British Columbians believe the provincial economy is doing well, but four-in-five are expecting higher costs for groceries and gasoline in the next six months, a new Insights West poll has found. In… Read more »

Only Four Conservative Leadership Candidates are Familiar to Canadians

Settling First Nations claims, lawmaker independence and screening of immigrants are the most popular policy proposals. Vancouver, BC – With four months to go before the Conservative Party chooses its new leader, only four of the 14 contenders for the job are recognized by Canadians, a new nationwide Insights West poll has found. In the… Read more »

British Columbians Would Legalize Marijuana, But Not Other Drugs

Two-in-five residents believe marijuana should be sold in stand-alone facilities, and not drugstores or liquor stores. Vancouver, BC – While a large proportion of British Columbians continues to voice support for the legalization of marijuana, very few are in favour of making other drugs readily available to the public, a new Insights West poll has… Read more »

English-Speaking Canadians Divided Over New O Canada Lyrics

Strong disagreement with the new second line of the national anthem outranks strong agreement by a 2-to-1 margin. Vancouver, BC – The federal government’s decision to introduce gender-neutral English lyrics to the national anthem has divided Canadians who speak English, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative sample… Read more »

For B.C. Millennials, It’s Vancouver or Nowhere

The province’s youngest owners and renters want to live in the Lower Mainland more than anywhere else. These and other sentiments are captured in Resonance Consultancy’s new Future of B.C. Housing study, just as British Columbians have identified housing as the top provincial election issue this spring. Vancouver, BC – According to a new study… Read more »

A Third of Canadian Social Media Users Have Encountered “Fake News”

Most time is spent on Facebook, but YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram are growing—particularly with young adults. Vancouver, BC – A surge in usage of Instagram and Snapchat across Canada, a worrying incidence of “fake news” and a high level of support for banning anonymous accounts are some of the highlights of the 2017 Canadian Social… Read more »

British Columbians Still Divided Over Pipeline Expansion

Roughly the same proportion of residents support and oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan project. Vancouver, BC – The recent provincial election and the swearing-in of a new government in British Columbia have not moved the needle on the issue of pipeline expansion, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a… Read more »

Latest “BC Government Report Card” shows approval ratings of Premier Horgan and voter intentions for the NDP hold strong at the two-year anniversary

Government receives good marks for the economy, healthcare, and education, but scores poorly on handling pipelines, gas prices, and the continuing opioid crisis. Sentiments over housing affordability in the province cool off as environment and climate change anxieties heat up. Vancouver, BC – Closing in on the two-year anniversary of taking office, BC Premier John… Read more »

Canadians Give Mixed Reviews to Proposed Federal Tax Changes

Most Canadians have not followed the issue closely, and are more likely to believe that politicians and lawyers pay fewer taxes than doctors and surgeons. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians have paid little or no attention to the recent proposal by the federal government to change the way private corporations pay taxes, a new Insights… Read more »

British Columbians Welcome Budget Proposals on Real Estate

More than four-in-five residents think the new “speculation tax” and the expansion and increase of the foreign buyers tax are good ideas. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians reacted positively to the inclusion of specific policies to deal with housing in the provincial budget, a new Insights West poll conducted in partnership with CTV Vancouver has… Read more »