Clean Energy Identified as Key Issue for British Columbians

As British Columbians ponder new potential investments into the electrical system, one issue is particularly important for the province’s residents, a new Vision Critical / Angus Reid poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample of 1,003 British Columbian adults, two-in-five respondents (38%) believe generating clean energy and preventing climate change should be the most important consideration the province should take into account.

Conversely, 29 per cent of respondents would ensure that reliable power is available throughout the province, 28 per cent would focus on keeping the price of electricity low, and four per cent would prefer to consider job creation and economic development first.

Clean energy is particularly important for respondents in Metro Vancouver (40%), women (47%) and British Columbians aged 18 to 34 (50%). Reliable power throughout the province is the main concern for respondents aged 55 and over.

Full Report, Detailed Tables and Methodology (PDF)

Methodology: From February 15 to February 17, 2011, Vision Critical / Angus Reid conducted an online survey among 1,003 randomly selected British Columbia adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of British Columbia. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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