16 Sep 2008

Atlantic Canadians Oppose the Liberal ‘Green Shift’ Policy

HALIFAX:  Atlantic Canadians oppose the Liberal Party of Canada’s proposed ‘Green Shift’ policy, according to the most recent poll conducted in the period leading up to the election being called, by Corporate Research Associates, Inc. Overall, one-quarter of Atlantic Canadians favour the proposed ‘Green Shift’ policy (26%), while four in ten are opposed (43%). One in ten are unaware of the carbon tax policy (13%), while two in ten do not offer a response (17%).

Across the region, Nova Scotians show the most support for the Green Shift policy (30%), followed by residents in Newfoundland and Labrador (25%), New Brunswick (23%), and Prince Edward Island (22%).

Those most likely to favour the Green Shift policy are residents who support the federal Liberals (45%), compared with those who support the federal Conservative Party (13%). In addition, residents who are mostly (30%) or completely (36%) dissatisfied with the current federal government are more likely to favour the so-called carbon tax policy.

“Focusing the campaign around its ‘Green Shift’ policy will be extremely challenging for the Liberals in this election campaign” according to Don Mills, President & CEO of CRA. “The Conservatives have thus far successfully defined the Liberals’ Green Shift plan as another level of taxation.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 1507 adult residents from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, conducted from August 5 to August 28, 2008, with results accurate to within +2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

As you may or may not be aware, the Liberal Party of Canada recently announced a ‘Green Shift’ policy, also commonly known as the carbon tax policy. Based on what you know or have heard, do you favour or oppose the proposed carbon tax policy?
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Favour2623223025
Oppose4349494235
Never heard of it1314101017
Don’t know/No answer1713191723

Sample:  1507 Atlantic Canadians (18 years plus), Interview Dates: August 5 to August 28, 2008
Margin of Sampling Error: ±2.5 percentage points (95% confidence level)


Amanda Bates