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RSR Survey of British Columbians on Mount Polley Environmental Mining Disaster 2014.
  Aug 12, 2014

Question #1
Which BC political party are you supporting at this time? (parties plus "None of these" to 100%)
BC New Democrats    33 %
BC Liberals    24 %
BC Greens    23 %
BC Conservatives    6 %
None of these    14 %
{Undecided}    6 %
Question #2
Which federal political party do you support at this time?
Liberal Party of Canada    30 %
New Democratic Party of Canada    24 %
Conservative Party of Canada    23.5 %
Green Party of Canada    12 %
None of these    11 %
Undecided    6 %
Question #3
Are you familiar with the news of the Mount Polley Mining (Environmental) Disaster 2014?
Yes    72 %
Question #4
In your opinion who or what is most likely responsible for this mining disaster?
The Government of British Columbia    20 %
The Government of Canada    11 %
BC Liberal Party and Premier Christy Clark    5 %
The Engineering firm responsible for the mining site    3 %
The Mine Owner, and its Board of Directors    32 %
All of the Above    28 %
None of the Above    1 %
Question #5
How does this mining disaster impact on your opinion about two (2) applications for pipeline construction (Enbridge-Northern Gateway) and Kinder Morgan expansion, it at all?
I have a more negative impression of the pipeline proposals    76 %
I have a more positive impression of the pipeline proposals    4 %
My impression of the pipeline proposals has not changed one way or the other    20 %
Commentary
Currently, these are the most popular political parties in British Columbia and Canada. 1. BC New Democrats (33%); 2. Liberal Party of Canada (30%); 3. BC Liberal Party and New Democratic Party of Canada (tied) 5. Conservative Party of Canada (23.5%); 6. BC Green Party (23%); 7. Green Party of Canada (12%); BC Conservative Party (6%).
In the Province of British Columbia - BC New Democrats and federal Liberals are the most popular choice among British Columbians who voted in the most recent BC general election, and the last federal general election. An estimated one in three support these two parties. BC Liberals, federal New Democrats, federal Conservatives and BC Greens attract one in four.
The province differs in allegiance depending on where one lives. For instance, BC New Democrats score high on Vancouver Island (43%), and Vancouver City (38%), and Vancouver Suburbs (33%). After that the party drops in support averaging (26%) in the Fraser Valley Southern Interior and Northern Interior and Kootenay region.
The federal Liberals score (23%) on Vancouver Island, (42%) in Vancouver City; (30%) in Vancouver Suburbs; and (29%) in the Southern Interior; with lower popularity in the Fraser Valley (22%) and Northern Interior (23%).
BC Liberals are sitting at near record lows with (17%) on Vancouver Island; (26%) in Vancouver City; (22%) in Vancouver Suburbs; but average (32%) in the Fraser Valley, Southern Interior and Northern Interior and Kootenay regions.
Federal Conservatives average (21%); in Vancouver Island; (18%) in Vancouver City; (20%) in Vancouver Suburbs; and (31%) in the Fraser Valley, Southern Interior and Northern Interior and Kootenay region of the Province.(*)
Federal New Democrats score (23%) on Vancouver Island; (28%) in Vancouver City; (24%) in Vancouver Suburbs; and (19%) in the Fraser Valley, Southern Interior and Northern Interior and Kootenay region.
BC Greens score (29%) on Vancouver Island; (18%) in Vancouver City; (29%) in Vancouver Suburbs; (14%) in the Fraser Valley; (12%) in the Southern Interior and (24%) in the Northern Interior and Kootenay region.
Among BC political parties, the BC New Democrats and BC Greens battle for support in Vancouver Island, Vancouver Suburbs, and Northern Interior and the Kootenay region of the province.
The BC Liberals and Conservative Party of Canada have similar popularity in all regions of the province except Vancouver City where the BC Liberal support is (8%) higher than for the Conservative Party.
Three of four British Columbians are familiar with the Mount Polley (Environmental) Mining Disaster 2014. Between the provincial and federal governments, BC Liberal Party and Premier Christy Clark and mining owners and board of directors is (96%) blame. The percentile for the federal government is more than one half the blame for the provincial government. Is the percentile of blame against the BC Liberal Party and Premier Christy Clark (5%) sufficient to include them as defendants? The BC Liberal Party does have a Board of Directors and Christy Clark in her capacity as leader is executive.
This RSR Survey suggests that both the Enbridge-Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals are dead in the water. The numbers in support have never been strong. The Mount Polley environmental disaster reflects the impression with British Columbians that corporations cannot be trusted to look after the interests of the BC environment on behalf of the citizens who reside there--and who will reside there in the future.
This is an RSR Survey of British Columbians who voted in the most recent provincial election in 2013 and last federal election in 2011. We contacted 783 persons by telephone between the dates of August 9th and August 11, 2014. The Margin of Error is 3.5%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

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