Albertans Remain Proud, But Few Would Embrace Independence

Ralph Klein regarded once again as the best premier of the past three decades.

Calgary, AB – As Albertans prepare to observe “Heritage Day”, nine-in-ten residents claim to be very proud of the province they live in, and only a quarter would like to become an independent country, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 23% of Albertans say the province would be better off as its own country, unchanged since a similar Insights West poll conducted in 2014.

Support for Albertan independence is highest among residents aged 55 and over (31%), but drops among those aged 35 to 54 (24%) and falls to single digits among those aged 18 to 34 (9%).

“It is important to note that the proportion of Albertans who would choose independence did not vary over the past two years,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “Even after the defeat of the federal Conservatives in Ottawa and the first New Democratic government in Edmonton, the notion of an independent Alberta has not become more attractive for residents.”

Across the province, 88% of residents (-4 since 2014) say they are very proud of the province they live in, and 63% (-4) really think the views of Albertans are different from the rest of the country.

Two thirds of Albertans (66%, -6 since 2014) believe they will stay in the province for the rest of their life, and 58% (-5) believe their children will reside in Alberta.

A quarter of residents (26%) say they consider themselves “Albertans first and Canadians second”, including 34% of those aged 55 and over.

 

Political Leaders

More than half of respondents (57%) consider Ralph Klein to be the best premier of Alberta since November 1985, followed by Rachel Notley (11%) and Don Getty (8%).

When asked about the worst provincial head of government in the last three decades, Alison Redford is first (31%), followed by Notley (28%), Jim Prentice (10%) and Klein (also 10%).

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from July 9 to July 12, 2016, among a representative sample of 601 Albertan adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.0 percentage points. Click here to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

 

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