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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics October 31, 2013
  Oct 31, 2013

Question #1
which of the following New Democrats do you believe would be the BEST candidate to manage BC's economy?
Finance critic Bruce Ralston    25.2 %
Health critic Mike Farnworth    16.6 %
David Eby who defeated Christy Clark    13.6 %
Agriculture critic Lana Popham    12.4 %
Undecided    33 %
Question #2
Do your support the sale of wine, beer and spirits in local grocery stores in British Columbia?
Yes    17.4 %
No    47.7 %
Undecided    46.8 %
Question #3
If the sale of wine, beer and spirits in local grocery stores is given the 'go ahead' who should be given responsibility for its sale and compliance with liquor laws from the response choices provided?
Private interests    4.3 %
The owner of the grocery store    27.4 %
Provincial government liquor stores    52.3 %
Undecided    16 %
Question #4
If it were up to you - in the next two years- would it be a city and municipal police force or RCMP working and operating where you live?
City/Municipal    40 %
RCMP    28 %
Undecided    32 %
Commentary
Bruce Ralston is the NDP MLA from Surrey BC and is the winner in our RSR BC NDP leadership survey of NDP voters in the most recent general provincial election based on the question of which potential NDP leadership candidate would best manage the economy.
Runner up to NDP leader Adrian Dix from the previous NDP leadership contest, Mike Farnworth of Port Coquitlam is determined a disappointing 2nd, with David Eby the NDP candidate who defeated Christy Clark (not to be confused with the man who shot Liberty Valance), and Agriculture critic Lana Popham not far behind.
By selecting Bruce Ralston the finance critic of the party for many years, BC New Democrats are signalling that they understand how important the economy is to British Columbians and want to put forward a candidate who can credibly speak to managing it, and also realistically deal with serious social policy, absent in BC for over a decade.
Also, Bruce Ralston is undoubtedly a more skillful person than Christy Clark to speak on matters of finance, and can likely overshadow the current BC Liberal finance minister Mike de Jong who is also not his equal.
BC New Democrats might consider the practical over the emotional or ideological choice, in this case Bruce Ralston - who has apparently been considered for the interim leader of the party.
Haven't many interim leaders performed well in that capacity? The BC NDP's Dan Miller was terrific in the 1990's - well liked by many conservatives. In federal politics, Bob Rae was also excellent prior to Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau-being selected.
BC New Democrats may also want to consider going retro and selecting their leader through an old school open style convention, and abandoning the ugly membership gathering format employed by both the NDP and BC Liberals previously ----uuuugly.
A clear majority of BC NDP decided respondents do not support the sale of wine, beer and spirits in grocery stores, however a large portion of respondents overall are undecided.
Based on a go ahead of the sale of wine, beer and spirits in grocery stores BC NDP voters prefer that government liquor stores be responsible for the sale and compliance with laws, or the owner, but not private interests (which in fact could be the owner as well).
In the lower mainland of British Columbia there are more people served by the RCMP than city and municipal police. However, BC NDP supporters in the lower mainland prefer a municipal police force over the RCMP by a 3 to 2 margin. Based on actual population served by each police force this outcome is more likely 2 to 1 in favour of municipal police forces.
The major advantage to a municipal or city police force is that they are a community service, paid for by the community taxes and should be directly accountable to the elected officials in that community. City and municipal police forces must account to the local government, while RCMP can ignore them entirely.
It has also been published in local news that RCMP costs exceed the value of service provided in some cases by over 30% of level of service provided.
Methodology: This is a survey of 325 respondents conducted October 30-November 2013, who also voted for the BC New Democrat candidate in their riding located in the lower mainland of the Province of British Columbia in the May 2013 general provincial election. The survey margin of error is based on the size of the voting population for the BC New Democrats in that election. The Margin of Error is 5.4% plus or minus at 95% confidence. Response return from telephone solicitation of responses is over 80%. The research is provided in part by the 'New Millionaires'.

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