Analysis: British Columbians’ satisfaction on public education lower than rest of Canada

Public Education

April 7, 2014 – An analysis of two years of data collected by Angus Reid Global indicates British Columbians carry lower levels of satisfaction than people in the rest of Canada when it comes to the job performance of their provincial government with respect to public education.

The data is drawn from the results of a regular national quarterly survey conducted by ARG. Canadian adults in every province are regularly asked the same questions with respect to their views on education. (See tables and charts). The most recent wave of this survey was conducted March 3 to 9, 2014

When asked whether the provincial government was doing a good job or a poor job with respect to primary education in BC, the most recent results show 52 per cent said good and 48 per cent said poor. The national average across all provinces on this question was 63 per cent good and 37 per cent poor.

When asked whether the provincial government was doing a good job or a poor job with respect to secondary education in BC, the most recent results show 52 per cent said good and 48 per cent said poor. The national average across all provinces on this question was 61 per cent good and 39 per cent poor.

When asked whether the provincial government was doing a good job or a poor job with respect to access to post-secondary education in BC, the most recent results show 51 per cent said good and 49 per cent said poor. The national average across all provinces on this question was 62 per cent good and 38 per cent poor.

BC residents appear to be more satisfied with their government’s performance on quality of post-secondary education, but are still below the national average. 62 per cent in BC said their provincial government was doing a good job while 38 per cent said poor job, compared to the national average of 69 per cent good and 31 per cent poor.

Charts in the link below show the BC versus national trend in response to each of these questions over the last two years.

Click here for detailed results, charts, tables and methodology

Media Contact:

Shachi Kurl, VP Angus Reid Global: 604.908.1693 shachi.kurl@angus-reid.com @shachikurl

This archive includes polls conducted prior to October 2014 by Angus Reid Global, formerly the public affairs research practice of Vision Critical. We are grateful to Vision Critical for their generous donation of this data.