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British Columbians lack confidence in Gordon Campbell and provincial accounting
  Jan 04, 2010

A strategic calling of (257) B.C. 'voters' between December 19, 2009 and January 02, 2010. M.O.E. 6.11%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95%. Sponsorship: Jim Van Rassel (604) 328-5398.

Question #1
From the limited choices provided which BEST describes how likely you would be to re-elect Gordon Campbell as Premier of British Columbia if an election were held tomorrow?
Very Likely    17 %
Very Unlikely    57.5 %
I don't know/Undecided/Can't Answer    26.5 %
Question #2
The Port Mann Bridge is being 're-built' for a cost currently estimated to be 3.5 billion dollars. It will take years to build and many years thereafter to recoup construction costs from tolls which will be put in place. In the meantime, BC taxpayers will foot the bill for its construction and upkeep. In your opinion how should these costs be characterized on the provincial books.
As a provincial debt    79 %
Not as a provincial debt    03 %
Unsure/Undecided/I don't know    18 %
Question #3
How confident are you in the bookkeeping and auditing methods of the provincial government?
Very Confident    22 %
Not Very Confident    56 %
Undecided/Other    22 %
Commentary
Decided respondents in British Columbia are (23%) "Very Likely" "you (sic) would be to re-elect Gordon Campbell as Premier of British Columbia if an election were held tomorrow", while (77%) were "Very Unlikely". Vancouver Island 'decided' respondents were (13%) "Very Likely" and "(87%) "Very Unlikely", Lower Mainland 'decided' respondents were (26%) "Very Likely" and (74%) "Very Unlikely", while North and Interior 'decided' respondents were (30%) "Very Likely" and (70%) "Very Unlikely".
Respondents on Vancouver Island were (09%) "Very Likely" and (62%) "Very Unlikely", while those in the Lower Mainland were (20%) "Very Likely" and (58%) "Very Unlikely" --with respondents in the North and Interior of the province of BC (18%) "Very Likely" and (52%) "Very Unlikely"-----(Question #1).
(96%) of 'decided' respondents are of the opinion that "costs should be characterized on (sic) provincial books" -- "As a provincial debt".
(28%) of 'decided' respondents are "Very Confident" -- "in the bookkeeping and auditing methods of the provincial government".
Based on margin of error-- between (17%) and (29%) of British Columbia's voters are "Very Likely"--"(you would) be to re-elect Gordon Campbell as Premier of British Columbia if an election were held tomorrow?"
Between (22%) and (34%) are confident "in the bookkeeping and auditing methods of the provincial government".
There is a distinct correlation between those respondents who are "Very Likely" --//..."to re-elect Gordon Campbell" and those respondents "confident...in the bookkeeping and auditing methods of the provincial government."
It is our theory from the outcomes in this Glen P. Robbins and ZEUS Poll that Gordon Campbell's dishonesty relating to budget matters, lack of perceived transparency or honesty about 2010 Olympic costs and other lack of political confidence generally -- impacts negatively on the public confidence in provincial financial disclosure from Auditors and Comptrollers in the province of British Columbia. It seems that with democratic and financial practices in the province, B.C. voters see both as no better than "possession is nine-tenths of the law".
This survey was based in part on this article from Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun-- December 10, 2009 entitled "Auditor-general holds trump card."

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