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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics March 28, 2013
  Mar 28, 2013

Women voters in the Province of British Columbia overwhelmingly would vote for the BC New Democrats if an election were held today and not on May 14, 2013.
BC Greens receive a stunning second place in provincial support with BC women voters at (17%) in this ROBBINS Sce Survey, followed by the BC Conservatives and BC Liberals (11%).
BC Women overwhelmingly support education including post-secondary education and training (42%), and health care services including mental health (34%) as a policy priority over the economy and jobs (23%).
A slight majority of decided BC Women voters would support the removal of carbon taxes from the sale of gasoline.
One out of two BC women want to see larger corporations who pollute taxed more (1st), followed by larger corporations (2nd), then higher personal income earners and last- (scarcely) home owners.

Question #1
Which BC political party would you vote for if the provincial general election were held today and not on May 14, 2013?
BC New Democrats    54 %
BC Greens    17 %
BC Conservatives    11 %
BC Liberals    11 %
Question #2
In your personal opinion which policy priority should be most primary focus of the next provincial government following the May 14, 2013 general provincial election?
Education including post-secondary education and training    42 %
Health Care including mental health    34 %
The Economy and Jobs    23 %
Question #3
Would you like to see carbon taxes removed from the price of gasoline in British Columbia?
Yes    43 %
No    42 %
Question #4
Which of the following response choices best reflects who you believe should pay more taxes if any?
Persons and families earning more than $200,000 per year    19.5 %
Corporations earning more than $20,000,000 per year    27 %
Corporations earning more than $20,000,000 per year who are also major contributors to pollution    50.5 %
Homeowners    2 %
Commentary
Without any doubt – former BC NDP leader Carole James deserves credit (with emphasis) for her efforts as leader of the party from 2003-04 in bringing the New Democrats from 2 seats in the BC Legislature following the 2001 provincial general election to a close second in the 2005 provincial general election, and an even closer second in the 2009 election in which the BC Liberal leader Gordon Campbell deceived the BC voters over the HST and its relation to the budget preceding that election.
The next premier of the province –BC NDP leader Adrian Dix- personally represents a Vancouver city constituency as its MLA – however the province will likely be directed from its capital in Victoria BC after May 14, 2013.
This ROBBINS survey confirms evidence provided by other polling and analysis and conjecture from persons in the mainstream media including a recent article by veteran Vancouver Province journalist Michael Smyth suggesting that BC Greens are attracting upwards of -30%- in some pockets of the province in particular southern Vancouver Island. As the Buffalo Springfield folk rock band said many years ago – “there’s something happening here what it is ain’t exactly clear.”
Seven out of ten BC Women voters support either the BC New Democrats or BC Greens. These respondents are in strong support of education and health as a policy priority when compared with the economy which scores (-31%) below random in the question among BC Women.
ROBBINS Sce Research (1998) Vice President Kellie Robbins believes that BC Women have abandoned the BC Liberal government on the basis that they mistrust the party since Gordon Campbell introduced the HST only after the 2009 election victory, and more recently because “they do not have any faith in Christy Clark in her capacity as Premier of the Province of British Columbia.”
Kellie Robbins asserts that prominent philosophers like Frederick Nietzsche have declared that ‘historically people will follow almost any type of leader, so long as they believe that person possesses some degree of expertise for the job’, “but in Christy Clark’s case there is no discernible evidence that she has any expertise which qualifies her to be premier.”
What is fascinating is that based on these ROBBINS survey results BC Women would like carbon taxes removed from the price of gas a position which only the BC Conservative Party supports, yet would readily tax larger corporations that pollute instead.
Democratic Reform advocate Jim Van Rassel believes that “women in British Columbia see carbon taxes as part of an array of taxes brought in by the BC Liberals which are making it more difficult for them to provide for their family or to generally get by” and as result one in two reject the carbon tax.
It is significant that a higher minority of BC Women recognize the distinction between larger corporations who pollute from larger corporations generally- in terms of their economic responsibility to provide revenues to government treasuries to the same extent that “ordinary British Columbians are doing”.
BC Women are done with being made afraid whether corporations will come to BC or leave for 'greener pastures'. As one respondent said – “if you don’t like it here (BC) – try Fort McMurray (Alberta).”
It is also significant that BC Women are more inclined to place the financial responsibility on big earning corporations than they are high earning individuals and families.
This is the 3rd BC Women poll/survey conducted by ROBBINS Sce Research over the past five years. This ROBBINS 500 BC Women survey in fact features a targeted sample from lists of 462 BC Women who voted in the 2009 provincial general election. The Margin of Error of this poll is 4.56% plus or minus, 19 times out of 20 – corresponding 95% confidence. This survey was conducted May 25-28th, 2013 ‘delivered fresh by ROBBINS’.

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