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Illegal, irresponsible, irritating: Poll shows what irks Metro Vancouverites

Last Updated Nov 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm PDT

FILE - This Friday, April 7, 2017, file photo, shows cigarette butts discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Tied for top spot are people who litter and people who don't pick up after their dogs, upsetting 73 per cent of people

Using a handheld cellphone in a car is next at 72 per cent

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Littering. Discarded dog waste. Cell phones in cars.

These are the three things most likely to upset people in Metro Vancouver who witness them, according to a new poll from Research Co.

People who litter and people who don’t pick up after their dogs are tied for the top spot, with 73 per cent of people taking umbrage.

Next is using a handheld cellphone in a car at 72 per cent.

When it comes to driving-related deportment, more than 60 per cent of people surveyed are very upset or moderately upset when they see speeding, parking in a handicapped spot without decals, and people driving without seatbelts.

Two smoking-specific sins made the list. Lighting up in prohibited areas and throwing cigarette butts on the street will earn the opprobrium of more than 50 per cent of people in the region.

“Residents of the City of Vancouver are more likely to become enraged by the actions of smokers,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The proportion of Vancouverites who are upset is higher than in other municipalities when it comes to people lighting up in places other than designated areas.”

But 80 per cent of Vancouverites are likely to trust their neighbours to follow the law. In Burnaby it’s 70 per cent and in Surrey 62 per cent.