BC voters dubious, anxious and want answers according to IntegrityBC poll

A public opinion survey finds BC voters are dubious about the BC Liberal government’s honesty, anxious about their economic situation and want answers from the Clark government whether it’s in the legislature or through a public inquiry into the BC Rail scandal.

These are just a few of the findings in a 48 question survey – the first commissioned by IntegrityBC – to get the pulse of British Columbians on a variety of issues facing the province from voting intentions to trust levels and provincial issues.

The Oracle Research survey shows the NDP with 43.8 per cent support among decided voters, the BC Liberals at 25.3 per cent, the Greens at 16.0 per cent and the BC Conservatives with 14.8 per cent.

It’s a reversal of fortunes for the Liberals from how respondents had voted in 2009. According to the survey, 41.8 per cent voted Liberal, 34.5 per cent NDP, 15.8 per cent for the Greens and the Conservatives at 7.9 per cent. The BC Liberals are clearly bleeding support to the BC Conservatives under their new leader John Cummins.

“If this survey says anything, it should tell BC Liberals that BBM ratings don’t always carry into the Premier’s office,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

For instance, only 23.8 per cent of respondents had a favourable opinion of Christy Clark while NDP leader Adrian Dix scored a rating of 42.5 per cent. Clark and the Liberals fared just a bit better when it came to being trusted to tell the truth. Twenty-eight per cent felt they could count on Clark and the Liberals to be honest versus thirty-nine percent who felt they can count on Dix and the NDP. A further 39.7 per cent felt Clark and the Liberals are arrogant and out of touch.

Remarkably, 80.5 per cent believe that the BC Liberals broke their word when they leased BC Rail to CN for 990 years, after promising not to sell the railway. A further 85.5 per cent, including 73.2 per cent of Liberal supporters, believe the government should come clean on the deal by answering the over 100 questions that the NDP tabled in the legislature and 68.5 per cent believe a public inquiry should be called, including 53.7 per cent of Liberal supporters.

Underlying all the results is a growing sense of anxiety among respondents over their economic and political situation with 61.1 per cent agreeing with the statement that many British Columbians feel the system is not working well for them and 64.5 per cent who feel sympathy for those who feel left behind.

Oracle Research conducted 600 interviews among voting age British Columbians between November 22nd and November 25th 2011. A complete copy of the survey is available at www.integritybc.ca

Oracle Research is a full service public opinion and research firm that has polled in BC since 2000.

IntegrityBC is a non-partisan organization championing accountability and integrity in BC politics. By empowering British Columbians, IntegrityBC hopes to change politics in BC letting citizens regain their trust in government.

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Dermod Travis, Executive Director

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