Housing, jobs beat out pipelines on B.C. students’ election issue list: poll

Over two-thirds of the province's students stress about paying back their loans.

It might be pipeline protests that make the news but it’s jobs and housing that has university students stressing ahead of the May 9 provincial election, an Insights West poll found this week.

The pollster surveyed students from 14 post-secondary institutions about their main election issues and found that 30 per cent of students are worried about rising housing prices while 28 per cent are concerned they won’t have a job after graduating. Pipelines and the environment were a distant third with only 12 per cent citing it as a main election wish.

Housing and jobs weren’t the students’ only financial concerns, the poll found. Of the two-thirds of domestic students who took out student loans, 70 per cent were either very worried or somewhat worried about their ability to pay back the loans.

Insights West found that students were evenly split between believing that the Liberals and the NDP represented their views and interest with the two parties getting 45 per cent and 43 per cent respectively. The Green Party fell behind with 35 per cent while the Conservatives trailed in last place with 13 per cent support.

Two-thirds of eligible students said that they plan to vote in the 2017 provincial election.

 

 


 

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Falcons host basketball invitational

40 student volunteers helped support 180 players, 28 games

Atom Stars host hockey tourney

Seven teams from the region clashed sticks

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read