As the B.C. election approaches, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, B.C. Office (CCPA-BC) conducted a poll to find out how citizens feel about certain political issues.
Results indicate most British Columbians are deeply worried about economic insecurity, inequality and the environment.
Public services over tax cuts
When asked if they would approve or disapprove of a range of potential future government actions, the majority strongly support investment in public services and efforts to reduce income inequality.
Respondents say they would rather see higher government spending on public services than tax cuts or cuts to other budget areas.
The concern about economic inequality is also reflected in views about tax fairness. Polls shows that a majority of respondents feel high-income earners and corporations are not paying enough tax.
54% of respondents said they would favour higher taxes for individuals making over $150,000.
No matter what political party they intended to vote for, respondents indicated they favour a gradual increase in B.C.’s carbon tax. As long as the money is used for concrete investments in public service, climate-related infrastructure and to help lower and middle income people offset the cost of the carbon tax.
“What these poll results suggest is that despite the very real economic squeeze on middle and lower income British Columbians, people are willing to personally chip in if it means stronger government services,” said Shannon Daub, CCPA-BC Associate Director.
The online poll was conducted by McAllister Opinion Research between Jan. 13 – 20 for CCPA-BC. It surveyed 1,194 residents throughout the province.
– file from B.C. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives