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BC Teachers Strike-Forget the media, find out what parents really think
  Oct 08, 2005

A representative sample of 4,485 parents with children in public schools grades K-12 throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia on October 6, 2005. This poll features a margin of error of 7.5%, 8 times out of 10 @ 95% competency.

Question #1
In your opinion which of the following (if you had to choose one) are teachers fighting for?
Teachers are fighting for students and better classroom conditions    48 %
Teachers are fighting for their own wages and benefits    52 %
Question #2
Who do you currently support in the teachers’ strike?
Teachers    47 %
BC Liberal government    35 %
Undecided/Neither    18 %
Commentary
In this ROBBINS ‘flash’ poll of a particular demographic (parents with children in K-12 public schools), in the lower mainland of British Columbia, relating to the BC Teachers strike, we are able to determine that slightly less than one half of parents in the lower mainland are of the opinion that teachers are fighting for students and better classroom conditions. Slightly more than one-half believe that teachers are fighting for their own wages and benefits. Many respondents would have liked a third choice in Question #1, specifically both (a) and (b) combined.
A majority of respondents support the Teachers over the BC Liberal government.
Many respondents who selected “c” Undecided/Neither in Question #2 believe teachers are fighting for students and better classroom conditions, they just aren’t sure if the teachers are going about it the correct way. On the other hand, some respondents who selected “b” in Question #1 do not hold it against teachers for seeking higher wages, while many, respondents who support the BC Liberals position, think the teachers are taking advantage of the situation for their own benefit. This latter position is a minority position, which we at ROBBINS (professionally speaking), do not think will trend upward.

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