British Columbians Identify More With Seattle & Portland Than East Canada

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Do you, as a resident of British Columbia, feel a closer kinship with Toronto and Montreal, or Seattle and Portland?

A recent study conducted by Research Co. found that 66% of British Columbians believe they have more in common with the two Pacific Northwest cities, rather than the two eastern Canadian cities.

The study presented several statements to poll-takers and asked them to rate how strongly they agreed with each.

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We, The Pacific Northwest

“British Columbians have more in common with the people of Seattle and Portland than with those in Toronto or Montreal”, was one of the statements.

43% of British Columbians “moderately” agreed, and 23% “strongly” agreed. 16% moderately disagreed, 6% strongly disagreed, and 12% were not sure.

This distribution remained fairly consistent across various other demographics.

“Moderately agree” and “strongly agree” were the answers that had the first and second-most answers, respectively, across all genders, ages, B.C. regions, and political parties.

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The area with the narrowest gap between people who agreed and disagreed was with residents of the northern B.C. region.

There, 59% moderately or strongly agreed, while 42% moderately and strongly disagreed, or weren’t sure. (The results add up to over 100%, presumably, due to decimals and rounding.)

We, The North

Whether or not B.C. residents identified themselves as British Columbians first, or Canadians first, also yielded interesting, if not somewhat self-contradicting, results.

The survey found that at least 60% of people, across all genders, ages, regions, and political parties, identified themselves as Canadians first and British Columbians second. 24% identified as British Columbians first and Canadians second, and 18% or less were not sure and answered “neither.”

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