These are the findings of an online Ipsos Reid poll of 760 adult Metro Vancouver residents conducted between November 1 and 3, 2011. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.6 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 Metro Vancouver population according to 2006 Census data.
The polling was conducted using Ipsos Reid’s “Voice of the West Interactive Forum” – an online panel of more than 6,500 British Columbians who have been randomly recruited to match the overall characteristics of the adult residents of the province.
Support for Protest
Q. Generally speaking, do you support or oppose the Occupy Vancouver protest?
Comments: Metro Vancouver residents are divided in their views of the Occupy Vancouver protest, with 44% saying they generally support the protest and 48% saying they generally oppose the protest.
Support for the protest is consistent by age and gender, but tends to drop as household incomes rise.
- Among <$45K (Support = 50%, Oppose = 38%)
- Among $45-$74K (Support = 48%, Oppose = 45%)
- Among $75-$99K (Support = 42%, Oppose = 52%)
- Among $100K+ (Support = 38%, Oppose = 56%)
Agreement with Views of Protesters
Q. From what you have heard or read, would you say you generally agree or disagree with the views of the Occupy Vancouver protesters?
Comments: A very slim majority (51%) of Metro Vancouver residents say they generally agree with the views of the Occupy Vancouver protesters. Slightly less than four-in-ten (38%) residents say they generally disagree with the views of the protesters.
Agreement with the views of the protesters is consistent by age and gender, but tends to drop as household incomes rise.
- Among <$45K (Agree = 60%, Disagree = 26%)
- Among $45-$74K (Agree = 60%, Disagree = 32%)
- Among $75-$99K (Agree = 52%, Disagree = 41%)
- Among $100K+ (Agree = 40%, Disagree = 50%)
Approval of Vancouver Mayor’s Handling of Issue
Q. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of how Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has dealt with the Occupy Vancouver issue?
Comments: Metro Vancouver residents are also split in their views of how Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has handled the Occupy Vancouver issue. Four-in-ten (39%) say they approve of how he has dealt with this issue, while 47% disapprove. As a reminder, this is a poll of Metro Vancouver residents, not specifically of City of Vancouver residents.
Approval of the Mayor’s handling of this issue does not differ by age, gender or household income.
Views on Timeline for Campsite
Q. As you may know, the Occupy Vancouver protesters have set up a campsite with tents. What is your view on how long this campsite should be allowed to stay in place?
Comments: Metro Vancouver residents hold differing views on how long the Occupy Vancouver campsite should be allowed to stay in place. Four-in-ten (40%), the largest proportion, say it should be allowed to stay in place for now, but a deadline should be set for its removal. Slightly more than one-third (35%) say the campsite should be removed immediately. Two-in-ten (20%), the smallest proportion, say the campsite should be allowed to remain in place indefinitely.
Opinions on how long the campsite should be allowed to stay in place do not vary much by age, gender or household income.
Views on Timeline for Campsite
Q. If the City of Vancouver decides to remove the campsite, what is your preferred option?
Comments: As with everything else related to this issue, Metro Vancouver residents are divided about how to eventually remove the campsite (assuming the City of Vancouver needs to act). A slight majority (52%) say the campsite should be removed only without force. A smaller, but still sizable, segment of residents (43%) say the campsite should be removed with force if necessary.
Support for using force is higher among men (52% vs. 35% among women) and also increases with household incomes.
- Among <$45K (32% say use force if necessary)
- Among $45-$74K (38% say use force if necessary)
- Among $75-$99K (44% say use force if necessary)
- Among $100K+ (52% say use force if necessary)
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