British Columbians on Provincial Government Climate Change Action

Friday, April 20, 2012

Vancouver, BC – An Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Pacific Carbon Trust1 shows that a solid majority of British Columbians support their provincial government taking a variety of actions on climate change.

British Columbians want to see their provincial government take an active role, with seven-in-ten (72%) agreeing with the statement that “the BC government should continue to take an active role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.” Only 8% of British Columbians disagree with this statement.

British Columbians are even more supportive of their government leading by example, with eight-in-ten (80%) agreeing “the BC government and public organizations should lead by example by reducing their energy costs and carbon emissions”. Only 3% of residents disagree with this statement.

British Columbians support their provincial government taking action in relation to the clean-tech sector, with eight-in-ten (79%) agreeing that “the BC government should be working to stimulate jobs and investment in the clean tech sector” (5% disagree) and seven-in-ten (70%) agreeing that “the BC government should provide business with incentives to grow BC's clean tech sector” (11% disagree).

In other survey findings:

  • Two-thirds (67%) agree that “The BC government should offer incentives to industry to lower their greenhouse gas emissions” (12% disagree).
  • More than six-in-ten (63%) agree that “The BC government should work towards making British Columbia one of the greenest jurisdictions in the world” (9% disagree).
  • A majority (55%) think that “government buildings in BC, including schools and hospitals, should be required to be carbon neutral” (19% say “no” and 25% say “don’t know”).

British Columbians admit they are not too familiar with carbon offsets. Only one-third (32%) of residents say they are either “very familiar” (3%) or “somewhat familiar” (29%) with the term. Other residents say they have “not heard the term before” (13%), or are “not very familiar” (33%) or “not at all familiar” (22%) with the term.

These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll of 806 adult British Columbians conducted online using Ipsos Reid’s national online household panel between November 21 and 28, 2011. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error would be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual BC population according to 2006 Census data.

1.Pacific Carbon Trust is a provincial Crown corporation established to deliver BC-based offsets to help clients reduce their carbon footprint, and to drive the growth of BC’s low-carbon economy.

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Kyle Braid
Vice President
Ipsos Reid Public Affairs

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British Columbians on Provincial Government Climate Change Action


Kyle Braid
Senior Vice President / Vice-Président Senior, Canada
Ipsos Public Affairs
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