British Columbians Split on Government’s Economic Record

More than a third think the BC NDP would do worse than the BC Liberals on job creation.

Vancouver, BC – Research conducted by Insights West for CTV Vancouver reviewed the sentiments of British Columbians on issues related to finances.

Economic Management

Most British Columbians believe that the record of the BC Liberal government has been “very good” or “good” on managing the provincial economy (52%), fostering international investment (also 52%) and the number of jobs created in the province (51%).

More than two-in-five residents are satisfied with how the government has managed debt and contractual obligations (42%) and with the amount of provincial taxes they pay (also 42%).

Significantly fewer residents believe the government has done a good job managing Crown corporations (27%) or implementing policies to help British Columbians afford a home (also 27%).

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When asked how a government headed by the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) would fare on each of these financial matters, one third of residents (33%) say they would expect them to do better than the BC Liberals when it comes to home affordability.

There is no consensus on how a BC NDP government would deal with Crown corporations (Better 29%, Worse 29%), while more than a third of British Columbians think the BC NDP would do worse than the BC Liberals on job creation (34%), taxation (35%), debt and contractual obligations (39%) and managing the provincial economy (40%).

“When British Columbians are asked to assess current and future economic conditions, age is one of the key factors,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “Millennials tend to be more critical of the current government, while Baby Boomers hold decidedly negative views on what a change at the helm would bring.”

Child Care

Across the province, about three-in-five residents (59%) support the BC NDP’s proposal to implement a $10-a-day Child Care program in British Columbia—including two thirds (68%) of those aged 18-to-34, 63% of women and 58% of those living in the Lower Mainland.

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 by Insights West from May 1 to May 3, 2017, among 804 adult British Columbians. 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 +/- 3.5 percentage points. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

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