The patron of patronization?

Provincial Liberal leader Gordon Campbell has been repeatedly described by the media as having patronized his New Democrat opponent Carole James during Sunday's leadership debate. But do British Columbia see him that way? Well, we'll find out when Angus Reid Strategies Inc. releases the results of its latest online poll, which was being fielded yesterday. The reason: according to a copy obtained by Public Eye, respondents are now being asked whether "patronizing" is one of the "qualities and characteristics" they would use to describe Mr. Campbell, Ms. James and Green leader Jane Sterk. The following is a complete list of the questions in that survey which have not been included in Angus Reid's past polls.

Which one of these candidates will you be most likely to support on Election Day?

And, how certain are you that you will vote for this candidate?

* I will definitely vote for this candidate
* I will probably vote for this candidate
* I am likely to change my mind before the election
* I am extremely likely to change my mind before the election

Which party is your second choice?

* BC Liberal Party
* BC Green Party
* BC New Democratic Party (NDP)
* Other/Independent
* No second choice

Thinking about the following qualities and characteristics, please say whether you think they apply to Gordon Campbell. (Apply/Do Not Apply)

* Inspires confidence
* Has a vision for the future of British Columbia
* Generally agrees with you on issues you care about
* Is honest and trustworthy
* Understands the problems of BC residents
* Is patronizing
* Is a strong and decisive leader

Thinking about the following qualities and characteristics, please say whether you think they apply to Carole James. (Apply/Do Not Apply)

* Inspires confidence
* Has a vision for the future of British Columbia
* Generally agrees with you on issues you care about
* Is honest and trustworthy
* Understands the problems of BC residents
* Is patronizing
* Is a strong and decisive leader

Thinking about the following qualities and characteristics, please say whether you think they apply to Jane Sterk. (Apply/Do Not Apply)

* Inspires confidence
* Has a vision for the future of British Columbia
* Generally agrees with you on issues you care about
* Is honest and trustworthy
* Understands the problems of BC residents
* Is patronizing
* Is a strong and decisive leader

Thinking now about your personal situation, would you be personally better off, about the same, or worse off, if each of the following leaders became Premier?

* Jane Sterk
* Carole James
* Gordon Campbell

Thinking about the different leaders and parties, how satisfied are you with the choices you have in this provincial election?

* Very satisfied
* Moderately satisfied
* Moderately dissatisfied
* Very dissatisfied
* Not sure

The provincial leaders debate was broadcast this past Sunday evening. Did you watch the debate?

* Yes, all of it
* Yes, some of it
* No

After watching the debate, would you say your opinion of each of the following people has improved, stayed the same, or worsened?

* BC New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Carole James
* BC Green Party Leader Jane Sterk
* Premier and BC Liberal leader Gordon Campbell

The minimum wage is set by the provincial government. Some people say that the minimum wage should be raised to provide...low-income workers, while other people say a higher minimum wage could cause businesses to lay off workers due to higher costs.

Which of these two statements is closest to your point of view?

* The minimum wage should be raised
* The minimum wage should not be raised

How likely are you to vote in the provincial election on May 12?

* Absolutely certain to vote
* Very likely to vote
* Very likely not to vote
* Absolutely certain not to vote
* Not sure

Thinking about past elections, which of the following best describes your voting habits?

* I vote in every election (federal, provincial, and municipal)
* I vote in most elections (three of the last four elections)
* I vote in some elections (two of the last four elections)
* I rarely vote (one of the last four elections)
* I never vote

Which party did you vote for in the last provincial election, held in May 2005?

* BC Liberals
* BC Green Party
* BC New Democratic Party (NDP)
* Other Party/Independent
* Don't remember/Did not vote

2 Comments

I dunno for sure....

But do not directed potential answers such as these have, at the very least, the whiff of the push about them?

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'Asshole' wasn't a option?

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