Three-in-Five British Columbians Grow or Cultivate Plants at Home

More than half of the province’s home gardeners focus primarily on ornamental plants, while 29% are mostly growing food.

Vancouver, BC [May 17, 2019] – A majority of British Columbians can be safely described as home gardeners, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, three-in-five British Columbians (59%) say they currently grow or cultivate plants in their home, either indoors or outdoors.

The largest incidence of home gardeners is observed among British Columbians aged 35-to-54 (64%), residents of Northern BC (68%) and BC Green Party voters in the 2017 provincial election (70%).

More than half of the province’s home gardeners (56%) say they focus mostly on plants for ornamental purposes, while three-in-ten (29%) prefer to grow or cultivate plants for consumption, such as vegetables, fruits and herbs.

“There are some age discrepancies when it comes to the type of plants British Columbia’s home gardeners are interested in,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Growing plants that can be consumed is more popular among those aged 18-to-34 (53%), but less so among those aged 35-to-54 (31%) and those aged 55 and over (21%).”

One-in-four of British Columbia’s home gardeners (25%) say they spend less than $50 each year on gardening tools, plants and/or seeds. 

About two-in-five of British Columbia’s home gardeners (39%) allocate $50 to $100 a year for gardening, while more than a third (36%) spend more than $100 annually.

A majority of the province’s home gardeners (58%) say the plants they grow or cultivate are “about the same as most” in their neighbourhood, while 26% consider them “better” and 11% believe they are “worse.”

British Columbia’s home gardeners aged 18-to-34 (35%), men (30%) and those who reside in Southern BC (29%) are more likely to claim that their own plants are better than the ones grown by their neighbours.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 2 to May 5, 2019, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

British Columbians Love Coffee, Few Are Keen Travel Mug Users

A third of British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home never bring their own travel mug to the coffee shop.

Vancouver, BC [May 9, 2019] – Many British Columbians enjoy coffee when they are away from home, but only about one-in-five rely on travel mugs “all of the time”, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, only one-in-five British Columbians (20%) say they never have coffee outside of their home in a regular week.

About three-in-ten British Columbians (29%) have one or two cups of coffee outside of their home in a week, while a similar proportion (30%) consumes three to six cups. 

More than one-in-five British Columbians (22%) drink seven or more cups of coffee outside of their home each week.

A third of British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home (34%) say they never bring their own travel mug to the coffee shop, while about half (46%) say they do this “only a few times” or “some of the time.” 

Only 19% of British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home “always” rely on their travel mug when they visit a coffee shop.

“Three-in-five female coffee drinkers in the province (60%) acknowledge using their travel mug at a coffee shop at least a few times,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Among men, the proportion of travel mug users is actually higher, at 71%.”

Among British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home, the favourite venue to visit is Tim Hortons (43%), followed by Starbucks (31%).

When asked about which stores they never visit, 20% of British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home mentioned Tim Hortons, while 18% selected Starbucks. About a third (34%) say they do not have a place they would never go to in order to get coffee.

Almost two thirds of British Columbians who consume coffee outside of their home (65%) say they are part of a loyalty program (where they may receive merchandise, rewards, coupons, or free products) at their favourite coffee shop.

Membership in loyalty programs is higher among British Columbians who select Starbucks as their favourite coffee shop (77%) than among those who picked Tim Hortons (65%).

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 2 to May 5, 2019, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

British Columbians Support Having Seatbelts in School Buses

More than half of residents “strongly support” the measure, while a third express “moderate support.”

Vancouver, BC [May 7, 2019] – A sizeable majority of British Columbians would like to see a modification inside the school buses that currently operate in the province, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, almost nine-in-ten British Columbians (88%) support making seatbelts mandatory for school buses in the province.

The level of “strong support” for the proposal reaches 55%, while 33% of British Columbians “moderately support the idea.”

“There are very few British Columbians who voice opposition to the notion of installing seatbelts in the province’s school buses,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The level of support for the proposal is high across all regions.”

Earlier this year, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the creation of a task force that will study whether school buses operating in Canada should be retrofitted with seatbelts.

An online petition on change.org has garnered more than 95,000 signatures in support of making seatbelts in school buses mandatory in Canada.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from April 4 to April 7, 2019, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Job Responsibilities Dent Lifestyle for Employed British Columbians

Two-in-five residents who are employed say their work has put a strain on their relationships with family and friends.

Vancouver, BC [April 30, 2019] – A majority of British Columbians who work part time or full time acknowledge putting their career ahead of their health, leisure, family and spirituality, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 53% of employed British Columbians say work is “definitely” (23%) or “probably” (30%) taking precedence over lifestyle.

One third of employed British Columbians (33%) claim to have a perfect balance between work and lifestyle, while 12% say their lifestyle is taking precedence over work.

Almost half of employed British Columbians (47%) acknowledge having to stay late after work over the course of the past six months, while about three-in-ten missed a “lifestyle” engagement (such as a family gathering or leisure activity) because of work (29%) or had to reply to a work-related e-mail while they were with family or friends (28%).

One-in-four employed British Columbians (25%) had to take a work-related call on the cell phone while they were with family or friends, while similar proportions had to work from home on a weekend (24%) or had to work from home at night (21%).

“There is a staggering age gap when it comes to work getting in the way of the lifestyle of British Columbians,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While 44% of those aged 55 and over say they did not experience any off-work interruptions, the proportion drops to 26% for those aged 35-to-54 and just 15% for those aged 18-to-34.”

More than two-in-five employed British Columbians (42%) say their work has put a strain on their relationships with family and friends, a proportion that reaches 48% among those aged 18-to-34 and 61% among those who live in Northern BC.

One-in-five employed British Columbians (19%) say it is easier for them to achieve a work-life balance than it was for their parents, while 41% believe that this undertaking is now harder.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from April 4 to April 7, 2019, among 646 adults in British Columbia who are employed full time or part time. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.9 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

God Exists for British Columbians, But Few Attend Religious Services

Two thirds of residents (67%) say they only attend on special occasions, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Vancouver, BC [April 18, 2019] – Most residents of British Columbia believe or tend to believe that God is real, but significantly fewer actively participate in religious ceremonies, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 39% of British Columbians are “convinced” that God exists, while 22% “tend to believe” that God exists.

Conversely, 16% of residents are “convinced” that God does not exist, and 13% “tend to believe” that God does not exist.

Women are more likely to be “convinced” that God exists than men (43% to 35%). British Columbians aged 55 and over are also more likely to be “convinced” about God’s existence (45%) than those aged 35-to-54 (38%) and those aged 18-to-34 (32%).

Two thirds of British Columbians (67%) say they never attend religious services other than weddings, baptisms or funerals. 

Only 3% of British Columbians attend services “at least once a week”, while 13% visit a church, temple or synagogue  “at least once a month.”

Similar proportions of British Columbians acknowledge having meditated (27%) or prayed to God (24%) over the past 12 months. 

Just over one-in-ten British Columbians (11%) visited a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist, and slightly fewer (7%) consulted with a “life coach” to help identify personal goals. 

Only 2% of residents say they confessed or sought advice from a religious figure.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from April 4 to April 7, 2019, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

Photo Credit: Colin Knowles

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca