British Columbians primed to act on poverty, poll finds


British Columbians are more inclined than most Canadians to be sympathetic to the poor and to believe governments should support those on low incomes.

An Angus Reid poll conducted for the Salvation Army suggests British Columbians are eager to address the plight of the lower classes, with one pollster saying it’s because poverty, especially homelessness, is “in-your-face” in this province.

Angus Reid official Mario Canseco says B.C. has the lowest percentage of people in Canada -17 per cent -who believe that all the poor have to do to improve their lives is “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.”

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