New poll reveals British Columbians feel more akin to Americans than eastern Canadians

British Columbians feel they have more in common with Pacific Americans than they do with Eastern Canadians.
Dylan Gibbons Montreal, QC

A new poll conducted by Research Co. reveals that a majority of British Columbians feel they have more in common with Pacific Americans in Portland and Seattle than they do with eastern Canadians in Toronto and Montreal.

Out of the 800 adult respondents, 23 percent strongly agreed, and 43 percent moderately agreed with the statement “British Columbians have more in common with the people of Seattle and Portland than with those in Toronto or Montreal.” A perfect 2/3’s. These figures were almost identical for all respondents regardless of age.

86 percent claimed they were very proud of British Columbia and 74 percent say they plan to remain in British Columbia for the rest of their lives.

Despite this, 67 percent say that they consider themselves a Canadian first and a British Columbian second and 74 percent believed that British Columbia should remain a part of Canada, with only 17 percent believing British Columbia would be better of succeeding and 9 percent being unsure.

Most British Columbians also believed that they had significantly different views than the rest of the country. 19 percent strongly agreed, and 40 percent moderately agreed with the statement “I really think the views of British Columbians are different from the rest of the country.”

Provincial pride is also high among British Columbians. 51 percent strongly agreed, and 35 percent moderately agreed with the statement “I am very proud of the province that I live in.”

While the nature of polling can faulty at times, these figures seem mostly unchanged from a similar poll released in 2018 by the same organization. Assuming Research Co. did not survey the exact same sample group, this adds a bit more validity to the results of this poll.

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