• Anxiety Over Housing, Homelessness and Poverty Rises in British Columbia January 19, 2018 Banning both the grizzly bear hunt and political donations from corporations and unions are the two most popular government decisions. Vancouver, BC – The level of concern about housing, homelessness and poverty in British Columbia has reached an extraordinarily high level, the Insights West “BC Government Report Card” has found. In the ...
  • Alberta’s Marijuana Framework Gets Positive Reviews from Residents December 18, 2017 Support for legalizing cannabis increased in the province, but there is little appetite to make other drugs available. Calgary, AB – Many Albertans are satisfied with the marijuana-related policies recently introduced by the provincial government, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 88% ...
  • More Wine Drinkers in British Columbia Enjoying Local Varietals December 13, 2017 Generation X leads the way in current consumption of BC wine, but Millennials are closing in. Vancouver, BC – Half of wine drinkers in British Columbia say their preferred wine is produced in the province, and two-in-five say they are drinking more local varietals than they were five years ago, according ...
  • Few British Columbians know what their financial institution does with their money December 8, 2017   Vancouver, BC – The majority of British Columbians make socially conscious choices in their lives, but when it comes to their financial institution, most never research the type of businesses or organizations it funds, according to a new Vancity survey conducted by Insights West. The survey of more than 800 British ...
  • Half of Working Women in Canada Have Endured Sexual Harassment December 6, 2017 But fewer than three-in-ten chose to report these incidents to a superior or human resources department. Vancouver, BC – At a time of enhanced discussions about workplace etiquette and the #MeToo phenomenon, a sizeable proportion of working women in Canada say they have faced sexual harassment during their careers, a new ...
  • British Columbia Motorists Set to Repeat Last Year’s Winter Driving Mistakes November 29, 2017 More than three-in-five drivers don’t feel they have to do anything different for winter driving this year. Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s latest annual Winter Driving Survey—conducted by Insights West—shows that, despite many motorists experiencing a winter driving incident last year, the majority (63%) have no plans to do more to prepare ...
  • United Conservative Party Ahead of Rivals in Alberta’s Political Scene November 27, 2017 Over the past year, the provincial government has improved its standing on issues, particularly crime and public safety. Calgary, AB – The United Conservative Party (UCP) is currently the most popular option for voters in Alberta, the Insights West “Alberta Government Report Card” has found. The online survey of a representative sample ...
  • One-in-Five Canadians Find Fault with Name and Logo of Edmonton Eskimos November 16, 2017 In Alberta, only 12% of residents believe the name and logo of the CFL franchise is unacceptable. Vancouver, BC – In light of several discussions about the use of indigenous names and imagery in North American sport franchises, fewer than three-in-ten Canadians believe this practice is unacceptable for five current teams, ...
  • British Columbians Would Move Family Day to Third Monday in February November 8, 2017 Seven-in-ten residents support the change, which would see BC observe the holiday on the same day as seven other Canadian provinces. Vancouver, BC – Most British Columbians are in favour of changing the date of the February statutory holiday, a new poll by Insights West has found. In the online survey of ...
  • Community-Based Programs Enhance Seniors’ Lives in the Lower Mainland November 1, 2017 Seniors aged 65 to 74 are more likely to be spending time on structured and informal activities than their younger and older counterparts. Vancouver, BC – Seniors who reside in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and participate in or attend any community-based programs show a higher level of satisfaction with ...
  • Canadians Give Trudeau High Marks for Foreign Affairs and Environment October 30, 2017 Dissatisfaction with the federal government is highest on electoral reform, dealing with drug abuse and pending pipeline projects. Vancouver, BC – Two years after the Liberal Party’s victory in the 2015 federal election, Canadians are divided on which issues the current government is handling properly, a new Insights West poll conducted ...
  • British Columbians Demand Urgent Action to Clean Up Local Politics October 26, 2017 Legislature has until November 30 to bring in much-needed reforms. Voters across British Columbia want to see corporate, union and out-of-province donations banned in municipal campaigns before next year’s election, a new survey by Insights West has found. “The appetite to eliminate the influence of big money in politics is not exclusive ...
  • Across Canada, Alberta is “Dream Province” for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters October 24, 2017 A majority of Canadians believe specific types of costumes are “inappropriate” for both kids and adults. Vancouver, BC – More than three-in-four Canadians will take part in activities to celebrate Halloween this year, with Albertans leading the country as the top provider of candy for “trick-or-treating” kids, a new Canada-wide Insights ...
  • British Columbians Would Legalize Marijuana, But Not Other Drugs October 19, 2017 Two-in-five residents believe marijuana should be sold in stand-alone facilities, and not drugstores or liquor stores. Vancouver, BC – While a large proportion of British Columbians continues to voice support for the legalization of marijuana, very few are in favour of making other drugs readily available to the public, a new ...
  • A Third of Canadian Social Media Users Have Encountered “Fake News” October 12, 2017 Most time is spent on Facebook, but YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram are growing—particularly with young adults. Vancouver, BC – A surge in usage of Instagram and Snapchat across Canada, a worrying incidence of “fake news” and a high level of support for banning anonymous accounts are some of the highlights of ...
  • Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs October 5, 2017 Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs Parents say their kids are learning something new, becoming more sociable and improving their school performance. Vancouver, BC – Parents of children aged 6 to 12 report benefits from enrolling their kids in out-of-school-time programs, a new poll by Insights West conducted in partnership ...
  • British Columbians Support Ban on All Grizzly Bear Hunting October 3, 2017 Nine-in-ten welcome the provincial government’s decision to ban trophy hunting of grizzlies in the province. Vancouver, BC – Three-in-four British Columbians believe no grizzly bears should be hunted in the province, a new poll by Insights West conducted in partnership with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and the Commercial Bear Viewing Association ...
  • Half of British Columbians Skip Lunch at Least Once a Week September 27, 2017 Residents aged 55 and over are more likely to watch television while having dinner than their younger counterparts. Vancouver, BC – A large proportion of British Columbians are skipping meals on weekdays because of work or other commitments, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative ...
  • Personal Connection Defines Charitable Giving in British Columbia September 21, 2017 Three-in-ten residents have recently donated to health and health care-related organizations. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are more likely to make a financial donation to charities that they have established a personal connection with, according to the 2017 Charitable Giving Report, released by Insights West. In the online survey of a representative ...
  • British Columbians Still Divided Over Pipeline Expansion September 14, 2017 Roughly the same proportion of residents support and oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan project. Vancouver, BC – The recent provincial election and the swearing-in of a new government in British Columbia have not moved the needle on the issue of pipeline expansion, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online ...
  • Canadians Give Mixed Reviews to Proposed Federal Tax Changes September 12, 2017 Most Canadians have not followed the issue closely, and are more likely to believe that politicians and lawyers pay fewer taxes than doctors and surgeons. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians have paid little or no attention to the recent proposal by the federal government to change the way private corporations pay ...
  • More Parents in British Columbia Are Driving Aggressively in School Zones September 5, 2017 BCAA asks parents to make a “new school year” resolution to improve driving habits Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s second annual School Zone Safety survey, conducted by Insights West, shows that driving in school zones has gone from bad to worse in British Columbia. In fact, this year’s survey shows a marked ...
  • Jean Seen as Better Option for United Conservative Party in Alberta August 30, 2017 The former Wildrose Party leader outperforms Jason Kenney on favourability and in head-to-head electoral matchups against the governing New Democrats. Calgary, AB – Albertans seem happy with the prospect of Brian Jean becoming leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP), a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of ...
  • Watts Would Give Liberal Voters Hope in British Columbia August 22, 2017 More than half of residents approve of the performance of Premier John Horgan. Vancouver, BC – As the BC Liberals prepare to set the guidelines for the election of a new leader, former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has emerged as the only candidate that would place the opposition party in a ...
  • Metro Vancouverites Support Deposit-Refund Program for Coffee Cups August 10, 2017 Only one in every four cups of coffee or tea poured in Metro Vancouver stores goes into a personal reusable container. Vancouver, BC – Residents of Metro Vancouver have not fully embraced the concept of personal reusable containers for coffee or tea, but they would support treating disposable paper and plastic ...