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Almost half of B.C.'s young adults say they'll leave the province: poll

Flag of British Columbia off the back of a boat in Vancouver.
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Almost half of British Columbian young adults don't think they'll stay in the province for the rest of their lives.

According to a Research Co. poll only 56 per cent of B.C. residents aged between 18 and 34 think they'll stay put in the province.

When looking at all age ranges, 72 per cent of British Columbians say they'll stay in the province, however, this number is down three percentage points from a survey conducted last year.

The survey doesn't list any reason why people are thinking of leaving.

The poll found that 82 per cent of British Columbians say they are proud of the province that they live in and 59 per cent consider their views to be different from the rest of the country.

More than half, 62 per cent, believe they have more in common with people in Seattle and Portland than with those in Toronto or Montreal.

The Fraser Valley tops the list of those who believe they have more in common with people in Seattle and Portland, with 64 per cent expressing an affinity with their southern neighbours, followed by Metro Vancouver at 63 per cent, Northern B.C. at 61 per cent, and Southern B.C. at 55 per cent.

The poll found 22 per cent of B.C. residents consider themselves to be British Columbians first and Canadians second.

Almost one in five, 19 per cent, think British Columbia should gain independence and become its own country. That number jumps to 23 per cent among those aged between 18 and 34.

When it comes to the province's leaders, 30 per cent think that John Horgan has been the province’s best premier since 1986, while only seven per cent say the same thing about Christy Clark or Gordon Campbell. That number drops even lower for Mike Harcourt with only six per cent thinking he was the province's best premier.

When it comes to the worst premier, 19 per cent said Christy Clark, followed by Gordon Campbell and John Horgan both at 10 per cent.

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