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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics July 25, 2011
  Jul 25, 2011

Question #1
Do you support the immediate financing and construction of additional – less expensive - Skytrain from Burnaby down Lougheed Highway – to Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows, through the city of Surrey to Langley?
Yes    52.5 %
No    47 %
Undecided    00 %
Question #2
Do you support a toll on the Port Mann Bridge when construction has been completed?
Yes    28 %
No    64 %
Undecided    8 %
Question #3
Would you seriously consider supporting the expansion of gaming/gambling facilities in Coquitlam – Langley and Surrey with those additional revenues being used specifically to fund Skytrain expansion and Rapid Transit in the region?
Yes    30 %
No    58 %
Undecided    12 %
Question #4
Surrey mayor Dianne Watts has suggested that if the Port Mann Bridge is tolled than other bridges in the Lower Mainland and possibly the new Sea to Sky Highway ought to be tolled as well – all at a lower rate of $1.50 per crossing. Do you support this suggestion?
Yes    49 %
No    47 %
Undecided    4 %
Question #5
BC Conservative Party Leader John Cummins wants municipal governments in the Lower Mainland to cut their annual budgets by 1% - which for the cities and municipalities in this region – Surrey, Langley, Tri-City – New Westminster and Pitt Meadows would amount to annual budget cuts of approximately 15 million dollars? Do you support this concept?
Yes    25 %
No    58 %
Undecided    17 %
Commentary
(Question 1)- A majority of respondents in the region of the Province of British Columbian including Tri-City, Surrey, Langley, Pitt Meadows, and New Westminster (pop. 750,000) support “less expensive” Skytrain (not Evergreen Line) down Lougheed Highway (not the City of Port Moody) – with support as follows: Tri-City {which includes Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam} 5/9 “Yes” Port Moody; 42/71 “Yes” Coquitlam; 14/21 “Yes” Port Coquitlam, 5/7 “Yes” Pitt Meadows or 66/108 (61.1%) from Tri-City respondents plus Pitt Meadows (Eastern Suburbs). 89/181 “Yes” The City of Surrey; 7/19 “Yes” New Westminster, 17/32 Langley (including Langley Township) or (48.7%) – for Surrey, Langley and New Westminster for a final total outcome of 179/340 - (52.6%) respondents supporting the –less expensive- Skytrain plan for the region. 52.1% from largest cities of Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley- consistent with final outcomes.
(Question 2)- A clear majority of respondents do not support a toll on the new Port Mann Bridge part of the Number 1 Highway across Canada. 3/9 “Yes” Port Moody; 23/71 “Yes” Coquitlam; 6/21 “Yes” Port Coquitlam; 2/7 “Yes” Pitt Meadows; or 34/108 “Yes” (31.4%) from Eastern suburbs. 44/181 “Yes” Surrey (includes 22 Undecided); 6/19 “Yes” New Westminster; 19/32 “Yes” Langley (including Langley Townships) or 69/232 (29.7%) “Yes” from the Cities of Surrey, Langley, New Westminster and a final total outcome of 103/340 - (30.2%) “Yes” to tolls on the Port Mann Bridge by those respondents residing closest to the bridge and most likely to use it. 30.2% from largest cities of Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley- consistent with final outcomes.
(Question 3)- Slightly more than one third of respondents support the expansion of gaming/gambling in the region with additional revenues to fund Skytrain and Rapid Transit. 4/9 “Yes” (2 Undecided) Port Moody; 40/71 “Yes” (4 Undecided) Coquitlam; 8/21 “Yes” (2 Undecided) Port Coquitlam; 4/7 “Yes” Pitt Meadows; or 56/108 “Yes” (51.8%) from Eastern suburbs. 36/181 “Yes” (12 Undecided) Surrey; 6/19 “Yes” New Westminster; 5/32 “Yes” Langley -- from the Cities of Surrey, Langley, New Westminster or 47/232 “Yes”(20.2%) for a final total outcome of 103/340 (30.2%) “Yes” for expanded gaming/gambling to fund Skytrain and Rapid Transit in the region. City of Coquitlam (59.5%) “Yes” Decided - City of Surrey (21%) “Yes” Decided, (15.6%) Langley “Yes” Decided.
(Question 4)- Respondents are generally split on the concept of “Toll one Toll all bridges” and the new Sea to Sky Highway. 5/9 “Yes” Port Moody; 32/71 “Yes” Coquitlam; 7/21 “Yes” Port Coquitlam; 3/7 Pitt Meadows (2 Undecided); or 47/108 (43.5%) from Eastern suburbs. 94/181 “Yes” Surrey; 12/19 “Yes” New Westminster; 13/32 “Yes” Langley;- from the Cities of Surrey, Langley, New Westminster or (51.2%) for a final total outcome of 166/340 responding “Yes” to Surrey mayor Dianne Watts “Toll one Toll all concept.” 49% from largest cities of Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley-consistent with final outcomes.
(Question 5)- Just more than one out of four respondents support BC Conservative Leader John Cummins 1% solution – cuts to municipal and city budgets to fund transit in the region. 2/9 “Yes” Port Moody; 23/71 “Yes” (8 Undecided) Coquitlam; 5/21 “Yes” Port Coquitlam; 3/7 “Yes” Pitt Meadows; or 33/108 (30.5%) from Eastern suburbs. 40/181 “Yes” (24 Undecided) Surrey; 2/19 “Yes” New Westminster; 10/32 “Yes” Langley – from the cities of Surrey, Langley, New Westminster 52/232 (22.4%) for a final total outcome of 85/340. City of Coquitlam (34%) “Yes” Decided – City of Surrey “Yes” (24.5%) “Yes” Decided, (31%) Langley “Yes” Decided.
A Skytrain extension from Burnaby through Coquitlam down Lougheed Highway through to Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows – and through Surrey to Langley is – generally speaking – acceptable to a majority of citizens living in the region. This follows a previous ROBBINS poll which suggested that just less than one half of Lower Mainland residents accepted funding for the Evergreen Line (through Port Moody) and other Rapid Transit. What is different here is that Skytrain is a different model of Rapid Transit than the Evergreen Line is. In addition the route for Skytrain down Lougheed Highway past the Great Canadian Casino and Red Robinson Show Theatre is different – and it is far less expensive than the ill chosen Evergreen Line. Successive ROBBINS polls revealed that the Skytrain route down Lougheed was far more popular than the Evergreen Line through Port Moody to respondents in the Tri-City area who supported Rapid Transit options. What is also significant is the high number of respondents in the City of Coquitlam (pop. 130K) – the largest city in the Tri-City area – who are willing to expand gaming/gambling facilities at the Great Canadian Casino and cut monies from the City of Coquitlam budget to fund the transportation line.
Residents in the largest city in this regional poll Surrey (pop. 450K) also support expansion of the Skytrain line through their city and on to Langley, but do not support gaming/gambling revenues to fund it – and are less inclined by one third than residents of the City of Coquitlam to cut City revenues to assist in this expansion. Residents in Langley the second largest city in this region are clear supporters of the Skytrain expansion – are far more supportive of a toll on the Port Mann Bridge – are less supportive of a toll on toll all feature suggested by Surrey mayor Dianne Watts – do not want expanded gambling and are as supportive as Coquitlam residents are for John Cummins 1% reduction of city and municipal budgets.
The winners in this poll are Skytrain – The Great Canadian Casino on United Boulevard in Coquitlam – and John Cummins BC Conservative Leader. The losers are Kevin Falcon former Transportation Minister and now Finance Minister – and mayors and city council in Coquitlam and Langley.
Methodology – a Glen P. Robbins survey of 340 residents in a specific region of the Lower Mainland which includes the Tri-City and Pitt Meadows (Eastern Suburbs) and the Cities of New Westminster, Surrey, Langley including Langley Townships July 21-24. Polling samples from each city do not necessarily reflect population in particular Surrey which has a population nearly 3 times that of Coquitlam and Langley. Had number of respondents been properly reflected in this poll than the numbers described for the City of Surrey would have had a greater influence to a marginal degree on overall polling outcomes. This difference is reflected to some extent in the polling commentary where the percentages for each City are described in raw numbers and percentages (often Decided %). This survey has a Margin of Error of 5.6%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence 19 times out of 20.
Thanks to Jim Van Rassel of New Trend Optical for his contribution to this poll (604) 942-2008. ROBBINS sends their regards to their favourite hotelier Stephen Earl - with thanks from the family for their wonderful stay at his Holiday Inn in beautiful Kamloops British Columbia this July 23, 2011 weekend. Mr. Earl is in charge of two hotels in Kamloops and a 3rd in the great capital of Alberta - Edmonton - home of the Eskimos and the Oilers. Thanks Stephen.

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