Opposition to the Notley government’s Climate Leadership Plan is getting stronger while support is plunging.
A new ThinkHQ survey Thursday shows opposition to the plan has grown by almost 10 percentage points since it was first announced by the NDP last December. Marc Henry with ThinkHQ says support for the overall climate plan has fallen to 37% while opposition has risen to 53%. “It’s largely being driven by attitudes toward the carbon levy. You’ve got almost half of Albertans say they strongly oppose the carbon levy.” Those who disapprove and strongly disapprove of the carbon level total 63% compared to only 32% who support it.
Henry says respondents had various concerns including how much the carbon tax would cost them. “But also, there’s concerns about the timing of it, how fragile the economy is, its impact on the economy and jobs overall, and there’s concerns about transparency. People want to see how much they’re paying in carbon tax on their utility bills, on their receipt at the pump.”
Support for the climate plan and the carbon tax is strongest among those aged 35 and under and increases with level of education. “Millennials tend to be more supportive. It goes up a little with education. The only group where there is a majority which support the carbon levy is NDP voters. ” But Henry notes only 60% of those who voted NDP in last year’s provincial election support the carbon tax. “There’s a portion of their base from the 2015 election that’s having buyer’s remorse at this stage.”
The carbon levy is scheduled to come into force January 1, 2017.
1331 people participated in the online poll.