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Vancouver Island South: Household Incomes and Vote Shares

Last election, Greens’ strongest showing was in this region.

By Will McMartin, 25 Apr 2005, TheTyee.ca

Below are two tables showing the seven electoral districts in Battleground BC’s Vancouver Island South region, with the average household income from the 2001 census, ranked from highest to lowest, for each riding.

The first table also provides the percentage of the popular vote in the 2001 general election won by the BC Liberal party; the second has the New Democratic Party’s vote-shares.

It is interesting to note that Victoria-Beacon Hill and Victoria-Hillside, the two seats with the lowest average household incomes in this region, in the 2001 general election gave the victorious Liberal party support from fewer than two of every five voters. That is about 20 percentage points below the average province-wide vote share garnered by the Liberals five years ago.

At the same time, the two Victoria ridings were the fifth- and sixth-best for the New Democratic Party across the province in terms of popular vote.

The 2001 election results in Malahat-Juan de Fuca were interesting insofar as NDP MLA Rick Kasper sought re-election as an Independent. Combined, Kasper and the official New Democratic Party candidate captured 38.7% of the vote.

The Green party did very well in Vancouver Island South, exceeding their province-wide average vote of 12.4% in each of the region’s seven ridings. The Greens did best in Saanich North and the Islands, where they garnered 25.4%.

Table — Vancouver Island South: Average household income and the BC Liberals’ 2001 vote-share

  • Saanich South — $72,636 — 52.2%
  • Oak Bay-Gordon Head — $69,982 — 57.3%
  • Esquimalt-Metchosin — $61,613 — 45.8%
  • Malahat-Juan de Fuca — $60,506 — 42.3%
  • Saanich North & the Islands — $60,143 — 54.3%
  • Victoria-Beacon Hill — $59,287 — 37.0%
  • Victoria-Hillside — $54,913 — 37.7%

Table — Vancouver Island South: Average household income and the New Democratic Party’s 2001 vote-share

  • Saanich South — $72,636 — 28.1%
  • Oak Bay-Gordon Head — $69,982 — 22.7%
  • Esquimalt-Metchosin — $61,613 — 30.0%
  • Malahat-Juan de Fuca — $60,506 — 16.1%
  • Saanich North & the Islands — $60,143 — 17.7%
  • Victoria-Beacon Hill — $59,287 — 36.9%
  • Victoria-Hillside — $54,913 — 37.3%

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