Most residents are unhappy with shutting down the Legislative Assembly, and handling of BC Ferries and BC Hydro.
Vancouver, BC – As 2013 draws to a close, British Columbians hold differing views on some of the recent decisions taken by their provincial government, according to the new Insights West “BC Government Report Card” conducted in partnership with Business in Vancouver.
The online survey of a representative sample of British Columbians shows that at least a third of the province’s residents think Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are doing a good job handling crime and public safety (43%), the economy and jobs (39%), energy, pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) (also 39%), the environment (34%), and education (33%).
The provincial government gets a lower rating on health care (29%), business taxes and red tape (29%) and the shortage of skilled workers (28%). The two worst rated areas, endorsed by less than a quarter of British Columbians, are government accountability (23%) and housing, poverty and homelessness (21%).
“The British Columbian population is satisfied with the way things are going with the public safety, economy and energy files,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “The provincial government does not get the same high scores on accountability and helping those in need.”
British Columbians were also asked about seven decisions made by Premier Clark and the BC Liberals. Almost half (46%) say the government did a “good job” in leading a trade mission to Asia to expand BC’s access to the Asian markets, two-in-five (42%) welcome the push for the development of LNG, and more than a third (37%) are content with the way the administration is dealing with the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
The decision to shut down the Pacific Carbon Trust was regarded as “good” by 29%, and deemed “bad” by 37%, with a third of British Columbians (34%) having no opinion on the matter.
The government gets paltry scores on its handling of BC Hydro (17% Good, 68% Bad) and BC Ferries (12% Good, 76% Bad). In addition, only 13% of British Columbians endorse the decision to cancel the fall siting of the Legislative Assembly.
“The public gives the Clark Government an A- grade on economic expansion and energy,” says Canseco. “However, when it comes to the recent decisions on BC Ferries and BC Hydro, the report card shows Ds, as even BC Liberal voters are showing evident signs of displeasure.”
The most important issue for British Columbians is the economy and jobs (25%), followed by housing, poverty and homelessness (16%), health care (also 16%), government accountability (12%), and energy, pipelines and LNG (11%).
The governing BC Liberals can count on the support of 40% of decided voters if a provincial election were held tomorrow, followed by the BC NDP with 36%, the BC Green Party with 14%, and the BC Conservative Party with 6%. The BC Liberals hold a 16-point lead over the BC NDP among male voters (48% to 32%), but trail the New Democrats among women (33% to 40%).
The approval rating for Premier Clark stands at 42%, while a similar proportion of residents (46%) disapprove of her performance. The numbers are lower for BC New Democratic Party (NDP) and Official Opposition leader Adrian Dix (34% approve, 52% disapprove). More than seven-in-ten British Columbians (72%) were undecided when asked to assess the performance of interim BC Green Party leader Adam Olsen.
“While some residents are critical of recent government decisions, voter support for the BC Liberals remains strong,” says Canseco. “Only the Greens are clearly performing better than they did in the May 2013 election, despite the low level of name recognition for their interim leader.”
The two main party leaders hold a negative momentum score six months after the last provincial election. While 9% of residents say their view of Clark has improved over the past six months, 35% report that it was worsened. Only 4% of British Columbians now have a better opinion of Dix, while 27% say it has become more negative.
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About this Release:
Results are based on an online study conducted from November 26 to December 3, 2013, among 866 British Columbians who are aged 18+ and are Your Insights panel members. YourInsights.ca is Insights West’s in-house access panel offering on-demand samples for both clients and research suppliers looking for Western Canadian populations. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age and gender. While statistical margins of error are arguably not applicable to online panels/online studies of this nature, we have assumed that the same margins of error apply as if it were a true unweighted random probability sample with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty. To view the detailed data tabulations, click here.
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Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West