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Opinion survey asking questions related to Chong recall

A Montreal company is conducting a survey in cabinet minister Ida Chong's Victoria area constituency asking questions related to the recall campaign targeting her.

The questions, asked by the company Opinion Search by phone, appear designed to find out the likelihood of the campaign succeeding and to test what arguments might affect whether people will sign the recall petition. It is unclear who is the company's client.

The questions include:

What's the most important issue to you?

Can you name your local MLA in Oak Bay-Gordon Head?

What's your impression of her performance on a scale from very good to very poor?

Former Premier Bill Vander Zalm is leading a recall petition against Chong. How likely are you to sign it?

How would you rate your impression of Vander Zalm's time in office as premier?

Some say Vander Zalm is organizing the recall campaign because he genuinely is against the HST. Others say he just wants to get back in the public spotlight. Which do you think it is?

Do you believe NDP members and key members of the party are involved in the recall campaign?

If you knew NDP members were involved would you be more likely or less likely to sign the petition, or would it make no difference?

The survey also asked for the respondent's year of birth and household income, as well as whether the person identifies as a visible minority and whether he or she is a member of a trade union.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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