|Who is Logit calling for in Vancouver-Point Grey riding?|
The likelihood is that they are working for the BC Liberal Party but Logit has not yet responded to my inquiries.
It is possible that this is polling done by someone or as an Omnibus poll but who would poll in Vancouver-Point Grey other than a political party - and I have spoken to other people in the riding who have also been called.
A poll in the riding would only need 300 respondents to be a decent sample so the odds are that it is voter identification used to determine campaign messaging and get out the vote efforts in the election.
Neither the NDP nor BC Conservatives are doing the calling.
I previously reported in January in 24 Hours newspaper and The Tyee on a province-wide "robo call" effort by another firm called Probit, a division of Ekos Research, that appeared to be doing voter identification also by calling every voter in BC!
And in the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election in 2011 I was also called and able to figure out what was going on.
I received a call from a live phoner saying they were with "University Research" on Wednesday March 20 from telephone number 1-416-640-3489.
That phone number is associated with Logit.
I know this because exactly the same number called me againThursday March 21 at 7:43 p.m. - as above - but this time on behalf of the Insurance Corporation of BC [ICBC] doing a customer satisfaction survey.
The Vancouver-Point Grey questions included:
Is British Columbia on the right track or wrong track?
Who would you vote for in the provincial election in Vancouver-Point Grey?
All major party candidates were listed, including BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark - it's her riding; BC NDP candidate David Eby - but Eby's name was mispronounced by the Toronto caller!, BC Conservative candidate Duane Nickull and BC Greens candidate Francoise Raunet.
Then I was asked what was the most important issue facing BC.
Next I was asked to rank the importance of 6 issues: the economy; education; crime; healthcare; transit; and reducing oil tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet.
Then I was asked 6 more questions on whether I would be more likely or less likely to vote for any of the candidates if they supported these positions:
Selling the Jericho Lands [no explanantion given but presumably the federal armed forces base and related property] to improve infrastructure elsewhere.
Building a rapid transit line down Broadway.
Taking a strong stand against the federal government's closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station.
Supporting a ban on more tankers in Burrard Inlet.
Blocking traffic on parts of Cornwall Avenue.
And which form of transit I believed should be built on Broadway:
A light rail line on the surface of Broadway - which the phoner said would take up some existing traffic lanes;
An underground bored subway tunnel, which the phoner said was more expensive than the other alternatives but less disruptive; or
A "cut and cover" tunnel [like the disastrous one done for the Canada Line on Cambie that drove small merchants out of business!], which the phoner said was cheaper but more disruptive.
Lastly I was asked age and education demographic questions.
All very interesting - especially the Jericho Lands question and the Broadway transit options.