December 7, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds strong opposition to a new proposed carbon tax with 66% of Albertans opposed to the new tax. Overall 68% oppose the province’s climate plan but views are mixed on individual components aside from the carbon tax. With 3,017 respondents the Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/-1.78%, 19 times out of 20.
“We’ve consistently found opposition to new taxes in Alberta, even with the current economic climate, so it comes as no surprise that most are against the climate plan – and in particular, the carbon tax,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.
“Support for the climate plan is strongest in Edmonton and weakest outside the two major cities. We continue to see strong regional differences in Alberta among this and other issues.”
“Albertans are more or less split on other components of the plan. 50% oppose the switch to renewable power while 44% support it – only a 6% difference; providing compensation to coal power energy plans is supported by 37% but opposed by 33% – a 4% margin; and using money collected from the carbon tax to eliminate the deficit is supported by 43% and opposed by 37% – another 6% difference.”
On two other issues public opinion is more pronounced. 48% support compensation for coal-mining communities (29% oppose it) while 62% say Alberta’s new climate plan will not help with future pipelines approval.
“For now at least Albertans are not convinced the climate plan will help win approval for new pipelines – but if any pipelines are in fact approved in the near future, it would be a big win for Alberta’s NDP and they could certainly frame it to their benefit”, finished Maggi.
Mainstreet is a national public research ﬁrm. With 20 years of political experience at all three levels of government, President and CEO Quito Maggi is a respected commentator on Canadian public aﬀairs.
Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion, having predicted a majority NDP government in Alberta, a majority Liberal government in British Columbia and a majority Liberal government in Ontario. Mainstreet has been the most accurate polling firm in several by elections and the most recent Toronto mayoral election. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.