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18-24 year old Tri-City residents 'split' on needle exchange
  Sep 01, 2006

A random sample of 1,000 respondents between the ages of 18-24 in the Tri-City region of British Columbia (net 180 from Q#1), between August 10-17, 2006. This poll features a margin of error of 4.4% (specific demographic), 18 times out of 20 @95% competency. This poll was paid for in part by 20 year old Arash Zaeri, a Tri-City resident.

Question #1
Did you attend one or more of the Vancouver Hong Kong Bank of Canada Fireworks displays this summer?
Yes    18 %
No    82 %
Question #2
How would you rate your experience at the Hong Kong Bank of Canada Vancouver Fireworks?
Excellent    51 %
Good    31 %
Fair    14 %
Poor    14 %
Very Poor    0 %
Question #3
How did you arrive at the Vancouver Fireworks?
Motor Vehicle    42 %
Other    58 %
Question #4
How would you describe marijuana use by people in your age group?
Nearly everyone smokes pot    57 %
A lot of people smoke pot    22 %
Some people smoke pot    17 %
I don't know many people who smoke pot    04 %
Question #5
How would you describe alcohol use by people in your age group?
Nearly everyone drinks alcohol    72 %
A lot of people drink alcohol    19 %
Some people drink alcohol    09 %
I don't know many people who drink alcohol    0 %
Question #6
How would you describe the level of drinking and driving by people in your age group?
A lot of people drink and drive    34 %
Some people drink and drive    47 %
I don't know many people who drink and drive    19 %
Question #7
In your opinion is the $6.00 entry level minimum wage fair?
No    92 %
Yes    08 %
Question #8
In your opinion should the Prime Minister of Canada renew the contract for the Vancouver Eastside needle exchange which provides clean needles for drug addicts to use?
Yes    52 %
No    48 %
Commentary
Facts and Inferences-Nearly one in five respondents in this select demographic of 18-24 year olds attended the Hong Kong Bank of Canada Fireworks at English Bay. The vast majority of those who attended the Fireworks had an excellent or good experience.
Slightly more than one half of respondents in this age demographic took transportation other than motor vehicles to the Fireworks display.
Respondents in the absolute majority are of the opinion that their friends drink alcohol and smoke pot, and that far too many still drink and drive. Very few respondents are of the opinion that $6.00 is a fair entry level wage.
Respondents in this demographic of 18-24 year olds are split on retaining the Vancouver Eastside needle exchange.
Commentary-There is little doubt that a large minority of younger people living in the Tri-City area enjoyed the Hong Kong Bank of Canada fireworks display at English Bay this summer. One half of these found their way to downtown Vancouver by means other than motor vehicles.
There is also no doubt that these ‘fun-seekers’ also have friends and associates who enjoy drinking alcohol and smoking pot. Apparently it is extremely difficult to have a good time in Vancouver when you don’t earn enough money, which is why according to some respondents; some young people sell pot in order to get additional spending money.
Many young people are forced into low paying entry level jobs on the basis that they receive training in return. What a lot of crap. Most of the respondents who spoke to ROBBINS spoke of the horrible training and horrible working conditions that accompanied the low wage they received.
Younger respondents are split in their support or rejection of the renewal of the Vancouver Eastside needle exchange.

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