Premier Christy Clark's dismissal of polls stuns Angus Reid VP

Photo of Christy Clark in Tokyo from Facebook

If Premier Christy Clark's government trusted Angus Reid enough to hire them, she shouldn't dismiss the company's poll simply because she didn't like the result, Angus Reid vice president Mario Canseco said.

"If this is a government that can trust our research, why is it now suddenly — because the NDP has a 27-point lead — being cast aside as a bunch of has-beens who get elections wrong," Canseco told the CBC on Friday. 

Canseco spoke in response to Clark's dismissal of a recent Angus Reid poll showing the BC NDP increasing its lead over Clark's BC Liberal Party. The online poll of 802 people asked which party voters would be most likely to support if a provincial election were held tomorrow in BC, and found that 50 per cent of respondents favoured the NDP, while 23 per cent expressed support for the Liberals. 

Clark, who is currently in Asia for a Pacific Rim trade mission, called from Japan to say she thinks such polls contribute to the "growing cynicism about polls in general,” and that "polls are getting less and less accurate".  She did not mention that the Liberals had recently hired Angus Reid to conduct a poll on public perception of the BC Jobs Plan.

"If she doesn't have much faith in pollsters, why is her government relying on them so much?" asked Les Leyne in the Victoria BC-based Times Colonist. "Specifically, why did they hire the same firm earlier that she now says you can't take seriously?"

He noted that it was "frustrating to see her spend taxpayers' money to find lame answers to stupid questions, with the cash going to firms that she now finds hard to take seriously."

Canseco admitted that his firm was wrong in its recent prediction of the Alberta election, when it said the Wildrose Party would likely win (the Conservative Party ended up with a majority), but said that it did accurately predict the results of BC's last provincial election in 2009. 

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