City of Vancouver residents not yet sold on plans for the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts

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Vancouver, B.C. (Jul 25, 2012) – When it comes to plans for the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, Vancouver residents are not expressing strong support for their removal or plans for the area after they are gone.

The plurality (44%) are against their removal, including over one-in-four residents (27%) who are strongly against. About one-third (34%) of residents are in favour of their removal, although just one-in-ten (11%) is strongly in favour.


Downtown area residents (including West End, Coal Harbour, Yaletown and Gastown) are significantly more likely than residents from the East or West sides to be in favour. One-half (48%) of Downtown area residents are in favour of the removal of the viaducts, including 25% who are strongly in favour.

Politically, Vision Vancouver supporters are more likely than others to favour the viaducts’ removal (45%). Thirty-two percent (32%) of Vision supporters are against their removal. Similarly, residents who approve of the mayor’s performance are more inclined to favour the removal of the viaducts (51% favour; 28% against).

More specific plans for the land around the viaducts improves favourability somewhat, to levels approaching half, but nowhere near majority territory. Three-in-ten (31%) continue to dismiss and a further 21% are undecided about plans for the viaduct area.


Research Notes

These are the findings of a Justason Market Intelligence online poll of 413 adult residents of the City of Vancouver. The research relied on Justason’s online panel. Data in this non-probability sample were weighted to match the regional distributions and demographic characteristics (age and sex) of the City according to the most recent census.

  • Dates of research: Jul 13 to 19, 2012
  • Sample: 413 Vancouver City adults 18 years and older
  • Methodology: Online
  • Margin of error: An unweighted probability sample of 413 reports a margin of error of ±4.8 percentage points, 95% of the time
  • Research Sponsors:  Justason Market Intelligence


The questions: 

1. Currently, the City of Vancouver is considering options for the region around the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. In fact, the concept under consideration would involve removing the viaducts altogether in favour of other usees. Are you basically in favour of or against the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts?

2. One concept the City of Vancouver is considering will replace the Georgia viaduct with a four-lane roadway that links Georgia Street from Lost Lagoon (by Stanley Park) to False Creek (Pacific Boulevard), among other changes. The Dunsmuir viaduct will be replaced with a major urban waterfront park and bike bridge, among other changes. Are you basically in favour of or against this concept?


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