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Proponent - NO to the Single Transferable Vote - May 2009
RELEASE Wednesday April 22, 2009
Reid poll shows almost equal support for First Past The
Post and Single Transferable Vote in May 12 provincial electoral
system referendum - 43% for STV, 41% for current FPTP system
of respondents unaware there is referendum on electoral
BC - With less than three weeks to go until British
Columbians vote on whether to keep the current electoral
system or adopt a new one, an Ipsos-Reid poll shows almost
equal support for both - and 60% unaware of the referendum.
poll conducted for No STV, the official opponent group advocating
against the Single Transferable Vote, shows that 43% of
respondents who are decided intend to vote or are leaning
towards voting for STV and 41% for our current First-Past-the-Post
system, says Bill Tieleman, No STV President. (A further
3% were not voting and 14% were undecided.)
STV needs to obtain 60% support from voters in order to
replace FPTP under referendum rules established by the government,
are cautiously optimistic that as British Columbians carefully
examine the complicated STV electoral system they will find
that STV's giant ridings take away local accountability
and responsibility of MLAs to voters," Tieleman said.
"But we do not underestimate the possibility that STV
could pass if not enough voters understand the serious problems
it would create for our province."
Ipsos-Reid poll of 800 British Columbians was conducted
by telephone from March 24 to 30, Tieleman said.
STV Secretary-Treasurer David Schreck said it is still hard
to predict what might happen in the referendum vote taking
place concurrently with the provincial election because
31% of voters who lean one way or the other say they are
likely to change their minds and vote for another option
on May 12. When the 14% who are undecided are added it means
many voters haven't firmed up their position.
are urging all voters to question a STV system that fractionalizes
your single vote in such a way that you may never know where
your vote actually went or how much of it counted for any
candidate," Schreck said. "When STV could be in
place for the next three elections starting in 2013, it
makes the referendum a very serious matter."
said that the poll shows 76% of respondents feel the current
First Past The Post electoral system is very or somewhat
fair and that 71% are very or somewhat satisfied with the
range of choices of parties and candidates available to
vote for under this system.
"No STV believes that adopting the radically different
STV system that is only used in national elections in two
small countries - Malta and Ireland - would be disastrous
for British Columbia," Schreck said.
No STV takes no position on other possible electoral systems,
we have been able to bring together supporters of the Green
Party, the B.C. Liberals, the New Democratic Party, former
Social Credit supporters and non-aligned voters who all
believe that STV must be defeated on May 12," he said.
addition to Schreck and Tieleman, No STV's executive members
are Andrea Reimer, Vision Vancouver councilor and former
Green Party Vancouver school trustee, Bruce Strachan, former
Social Credit cabinet minister and Rick Dignard, a former
Citizens Assembly member from the Sunshine Coast.
are the findings of an Ipsos Reid telephone poll conducted
March 24th to 30th, 2009 with a randomly selected sample
of 800 adult British Columbia residents. The overall results
are considered accurate to within ±3.5 percentage
points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been
had the entire BC adult population been polled.