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Poll: Environment, climate change remain top of mind for Whistler voters

Economy second most important issue ahead of Sept. 20 federal election
Horstman Glacier
Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain loses a significant amount of ice in the summer. Whistler locals identified climate change as their biggest concern amid Canada's 2021 federal election.

The environment and climate change will be the top issue on Whistler voters' minds when they head to the polls on Monday, Sept. 20, according to a recent Pique Newsmagazine poll. 

The poll, which began on Aug, 20 and ran until Friday, Sept. 17, asked 274 readers what they deemed to be the most important issues ahead of the upcoming federal election. Of those respondents, Pique can confirm 40, or 15 per cent, are Whistler locals. Of the non-local respondents, 75 reside in Squamish and the Lower Mainland. 

Respondents named the economy as their second-biggest concern, followed closely by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are the full results: 

Environment and climate change 42.50 % local, 38.69 % total    
Handling the COVID-19 pandemic 20.00 % local, 21.90 % total    
The economy 25.00 % local, 23.72 % total    
Indigenous issues 0.00 % local, 1.82 % total    
Corruption and ethics 7.50 % local, 9.49 % total    
Other 5.00 % local, 4.38 % total    
  Local   Total

For more information about Whistler's local candidates and the federal race before voters go to the polls on Monday, Sept. 20, head to Pique's Canada Votes 2021 section. 

This result provides for a 95% confidence level +/- 5.85% margin of error in the local community.

Pique Newsmagazine uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.