IntegrityBC robopoll shows District Council out-of-step with residents

(Victoria, 22 August 2012) – IntegrityBC hopes the findings of its recent robopoll in Lillooet, B.C. will help prod the District Council to start work on charting a new course in its relations with local residents.

The future of Lillooet is too important for common sense to give way to brinkmanship or one-upmanship which increasingly seems the order of the day in local affairs,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

Key results:

• 56.13 per cent of respondents are familiar with the District of Lillooet‘s decision to proceed with the Cayoosh Creek water system proposal and 51.36 per cent oppose the decision. Only 22.27 per cent support the decision to proceed.

• 54.38 per cent of respondents do not believe the District of Lillooet has given the alternative proposal to the Cayoosh Creek water system sufficient consideration, 19.82 per cent believe the District has..

• 59.81 per cent of respondents believe that the District of Lillooet‘s spending is excessive and 53.37 per cent are dissatisfied in the performance of District Council, 20.67 per cent are satisfied.

Although, the robopoll was not a scientific public opinion survey with calls placed randomly to a set sample size, the responses from the 266 households that took part should nonetheless provide a useful perspective on public opinion.

IntegrityBC did not start the robopoll until a week after the July 31st presentation by Chief Administrative Officer Grant Loyer on the proposed Cayoosh Creek water system to allow residents sufficient time to consider the District’s response to the Town and Dickey Creeks alternative water plan.>

The District’s presentation clearly failed to sway public opinion, further inflamed passions and demonstrates why a fresh approach to the relationship between the District and its residents is so desperately needed,” said Travis.

In May, IntegrityBC called on the provincial government to appoint a conciliator to resolve escalating disputes in Lillooet over local governance and water management. IntegrityBC believes the government’s failure to act has simply led to a situation where many in Lillooet have simply dug in their heels even further.

Good governance is rarely a by-product of distrust,” said Travis. “Instead of trying to rally citizens to a common purpose, the District Council has allowed the situation to deteriorate into an epic battle of wits that may simply never see a resolution until the provincial government acts by appointing a conciliator.”

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IntegrityBC is a non-partisan voice championing accountability and integrity in BC politics. By empowering British Columbians, IntegrityBC hopes to changes politics in BC and allow citizens to regain trust in our government.

For more information:

Dermod Travis

Executive Director, IntegrityBC

250-590-5126


Results:

1) Are you familiar with the District of Lillooet‘s decision to proceed with the Cayoosh Creek water system proposal?

Yes -  56.77%
No – 27.82%
I don’t know – 15.41%
Total – 100%

2) Do you believe the District of Lillooet has provided you with sufficient information in order to make an informed decision on the Cayoosh Creek water system including its costs and future operating expenses?

Yes – 20.43%
No – 64.68
I don’t know – 14.89%
Total – 100%

3) Do you support the District of Lillooet‘s decision to proceed with the Cayoosh Creek water system proposal?

Yes – 22.17%
No – 50.87%
I don’t know – 26.96%
Total – 100%

4) Do you believe the District of Lillooet has given the alternative proposal to the Cayoosh Creek water system sufficient consideration?

Yes – 19.56%
No – 55.11%
I don’t know – 25.33%
Total – 100%

5) Do you believe that the District of Lillooet‘s spending is not enough, just right or excessive?

Excessive – 58.99%
Just right – 27.19%
Not enough – 13.82%
Total – 100%

6) Overall are you satisfied or dissatisfied in the performance of Town Council?

Dissatisfied – 53.70%
Satisfied – 25.46%
Neither – 20.83%
Total – 100%


Methodology:

The robopoll was announced in advance to encourage participation in the survey. IntegrityBC made three attempts over four days to contact all households in the District of Lillooet with a listed telephone number. Calls were placed during the day and evening from August 7 to 10th.

A total of 5,196 calls were placed to 1,446 households with a listed telephone number. There were 969 live answers, 222 no answers and messages were left at 137 households. Calls were not placed on a random basis. Every household was given a chance to have their voice heard but only one vote per household was included in the results of the robopoll.

266 respondents completed one or more questions of the survey.

An online or over the phone options were available to those without a listed telephone number or who preferred to do the poll through other means. Before each person completed the survey by these means, IntegrityBC confirmed that their household had not already completed the poll. An additional 16 respondents completed the survey online or over the phone with IntegrityBC.

Only one survey per household was permitted. The survey included a voluntary non-resident opt out and IntegrityBC reviewed all completed surveys to ensure that the respondent is a resident of the District of Lillooet.