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Of BC LIberals-to have and to have not-Proportional Representation-and College Professor and THE MORATORIUM ON OIL AND GAS
  May 17, 2004

A random survey of 1,120 British Columbians throughout British Columbia between April 15-27, 2004. The response base was within 1.5% margin of error of the last provincial election in 2001, and the candidates used in the survey had previously been surveyed in spring 2003 by ROBBINS in a survey sample of 1,950 where the survey base was within 1.25% margin or error. Percentages have been adjusted to reflect (1) population; and (2) the relationship in each of 79 provincial constituencies within the 14 regions of study throughout the province, of total actual voters in May 2001 to total eligible voters in May 2001. This survey has a margin of error of 2.25%, 18 times out of 20 @ 98% competency.

Question #1
Since the BC Liberals were elected in May 2001, is it your opinion that you are happier and more comfortable with future prospects for the province?
Yes    25.6 %
No    74.5 %
Question #2
Out of a possible 10, with 10 being the highest score, and zero being the lowest, how would you rate the performance of Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals on Health Care?
Average    3.75 %
Question #3
If BC's economy improves 'beyond any expectations' in the next year, will this likely increase Gordon Campbell's chances of receiving your vote in the next general electon, May 17, 2005?
Yes    2.9 %
No    70.6 %
I already support Gordon Campbell    26.6 %
Question #4
If it were May 17, 2005 tomorrow and the provincial general election were being held, which one of these party choices would you be most certain to vote for?
BC Liberals    26.3 %
NDP    32.7 %
Reform BC    7.4 %
BC Unity    6.6 %
BC Social Credit    8.2 %
BC Green Party    7.2 %
BC Marijuana Party    3.5 %
Independent candidate    3.7 %
Question #5
The federal Conservtive party of Canada has a bylaw that states the party must create and develop conservative parties in every province of Canada. If a new Conservative party of BC is formed, would you seriously consider voting for it in the next provincial election in May, 2005?
Yes    29.3 %
No    54.8 %
Don't Know    16 %
Question #6
Of the following choices, which depicts how many years in your opinion it will take BC to become a 'have' rather than a 'have not' province?
One year    6. %
Three years    7.8 %
Five Years    47.3 %
More than five years    39.1 %
Question #7
In your opinion, will the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics be the economic boon that will ultimately turn BC's economy around?
Yes    23.2 %
No    66.7 %
Undecided    10.3 %
Question #8
Have you read, heard or seen NDP Leader Carole James in the newspaper, on the radio, or the television in the last three months?
Yes    72.5 %
No    26.9 %
Question #9
In your opinion is Carole James likely a compassionate and competent leader?
Yes    35. %
No    32.8 %
Too early to tell    32.3 %
Question #10
If a federal election were held tomorrow, for which leader and political party would you cast your vote?
Jack Layton and NDP    30.5 %
Paul Martin and federal Liberal party    29.2 %
Stephen Harper and Conservative Party    33. %
Undecided    6.3 %
Question #11
In your opinion should Prime Minister Paul Martin remove existing moratoriums on oil and gas drilling in Northern and Western British Columbia?
Yes    63.5 %
No    35.8 %
Question #12
Which of the following economic activities will ultimately be the one to revive BC's economy?
Oil and Gas    40. %
Mining and Forestry    29.3 %
New Technology    17.1 %
Fish farming and aquaculture    2.6 %
Question #13
The BC Liberal government is expected to ask voters on the May 17, 2004 provincial election ballot if they would prefer to vote on the basis of proportional representation, a system which essentially allocates seats in the BC legislature on the percentage of votes a political party receives during the election. The current system is commonly referred to as "first past the post'> In your opinion which of these following electoral reforms do you believe is most necessary?
Increase by law, proportional representation of women in the BC Legislature to reflect the percentage of women in the province    18.6 %
Bring in electoral finance reform banning donations to parties from big business and big unions    17.4 %
Provide each party that receives 10% of the popular vote in a provincial election with a government 'grant' of @250,000.    10.1 %
Leave everything the way it is as 'first past the post'    45. %
Bring in 'basic' proportional representation    9.1 %
Question #14
University Professors are some of the highest paid civil servants in the province. They also regularly compete for research grants from government which if won, helps their school and their personal standing in the school. In your opinion can University professors honestly and fairly comment on social and political issues of the day when they are dependent on government for their own economic well being?
Yes    30.6 %
No    62.4 %
Undecided    7.2 %
Question #15
In the Canadian democratic system of government, the courts are to be independent from the political system at all times. In British Columbia is it your opinion that the courts are fully and completely separate from the political system and its potential for interference?
Yes    30. %
No    56.3 %
Don't Know    13.8 %
Question #16
At all times during government's contract negotiations with doctors or teachers, they are both referred to and accepted as 'professional'. Doctors, lawyers, stockbrokers, and police however, all have the ability to essentially 'regulate themselves'. In your opinion should BC Teachers have the same right to regulate their own profession as well?
Yes    59.1 %
No    34.5 %
Commentary
Quite clearly the BC Liberals under Premier Gordon Campbell have not made the grade. His leadership has been wanting to say the least. The party performance on Health Care has been dismissed by respondents in this survey as less than stellar
Even a sensational year for the economy in this the last year before the next election won't help Gordon Campbell's BC Liberals as other centre right parties are taking votes away.
Carole James is considered a compassionate and competent leader by a sufficient number of respondents who are grateful that there is someone around to replace Gordon Campbell.
Respondents do not believe that British Columbia will become a have province for five years or more and do not believe that the 2010 Winter Olympics is the elixir that the BC Liberals and their supporters would have us believe it is.
Most British Columbians do not want to change the electoral system. It seems silly to suggest these types of complicated changes should be promoted when not enough British Columbians fully understand how the present system works.
University Professors are some of the highest paid public servants in the province (and indeed the country). Their future ambitions are often dependent on pleasing their political masters and not necessarily academic principles alone.

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