The Glen Clark disadvantage?

British Columbia's electoral reformers launched another round of online polling on Monday. But the questions they're asking, according to a Public Eye reader who was surveyed, are considerably more aggressive than posed by Fair Voting BC last month. For example, respondents are asked whether they would be more inclined to support the single-transferable vote system if they knew "those running the campaign against BC-STV (who are the same people who were behind Glen Clark's failed administration) are doing so to preserve their chance to get back into power."

Asked about the matter, Fair Voting BC deputy campaign manager Tony Roy declined to address the specifics of that survey, saying, "I haven't seen the specific questions. But we asked Angus Reid to cast as wide a net as possible for all the reasons that people would support BC-STV, as well as the arguments against it, to see which ones are the most resonant."

The following is a reported list of those questions.

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Do you strongly agree, agree, don't know, disagree or strongly disagree with the following statements:

1. It is important to have MLAs that are responsive to the community.
2. I would be more inclined to vote for BC-STV if I knew those running the campaign against BC-STV (who are the same people who were behind Glen Clark's failed administration) are doing so to preserve their chance to get back into power.
3. It is important to have MLAs that are part of a party caucus and respond to the party because it gets things done.
4. With all the economic turmoil, this is the last time to be changing the electoral system.
5. I would be more inclined to vote for BC-STV if I knew the campaign for BC STV is being run by a large group of citizens with support all over the province.
6. I would be more inclined to vote for BC-STV if I knew the campaign against it was being run by a few political insiders who want to keep things the way they are.

How would you rank the importance of:

1. An article about BC-STV in the Vancouver Sun.
2. Endorsement of BC-STV by David Suzuki.
3. Finding out BC-STV was proposed by ordinary citizens as the best option with respect to the provincial electoral system.
4. Learning BC-STV is as easy as 1-2-3.

Are the following statements are strongly persuasive, persuasive, don't know, not persuasive or not at all persuasive:

1. I don't know how a car works, but I can still drive my car.
2. The Vancouver Sun says calling the system too complicated for voters is an insult to British Columbians.
3. In places the STV system is used more people vote - this wouldn't happen if it was too confusing.
4. The STV ballot is simple, 1-2-3-4
5. Some people say STV is complicated, but it is also fairer so we should still support it.

Sometimes over the course of a survey, you learn things about the subject of the survey that can change your opinion. Now, after having taken the survey, please answer the following question again. Which electoral system should British Columbia use to elect members to the provincial Legislative Assembly?

1. Undecided, but leaning towards the single transferable vote electoral system (BC-STV)
2. The existing electoral system (First-Past-the-Post)
3. Undecided, but leaning towards the existing electoral system (First-Past-the-Post)
4. The single transferable vote electoral system (BC-STV) proposed by the Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform

1 Comment

I just took the survey and it's whole point seemed to be to convince me to vote in favour of STV. Like someone wanted me to buy their brand of soap. Was insulted. Asked if the survey changed my mind about my voting intentions at the end. I thought political surveys were to gage an opinion not a marketing gimic. Ticked off.

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