Canadians don’t support key Tory policies: poll

Majority of Canadians opposed to corporate tax cuts and fighter jet purchase


A new poll conducted for CBC by Environics concludes that Canadians don’t support key Conservative policies, including corporate tax cuts and the F-35 joint strike fighter jet purchase. 53 per cent of Canadians said they don’t support cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 per cent, and 52 per cent said Canada should not purchase F-35 fighter jets. Of the policies that resonate with Canadians, Senate reform had the most support: 65 per cent of those polled agreed on putting an eight-year limit on Senate appointments.

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Canadians don’t support key Tory policies: poll

  1. Commercial polls are suspect. That said, and moreover, only a small percentage of Canadians understand the full folly of the F-35 debacle. It’s not just cost over-runs and fiscal lunacy.
     They will be in museums by 2020, if the Harper machine can’t use them for spare parts.

    Who was the U.S. senator? “A billion here, a billion there; pretty soon you’re talking big money.”

    • I am wondering about your timeline on the fighter jets.  The CF-18 Hornets aren’t even going to be phased out until 2017-2020. 

      • They could still be in a museum by 2020 since the US is talking about canceling the program. It’s over-budget and behind schedule.

  2. It is truly regrettable that voters will now learn what they voted for and are stuck with for four years; the jets, the prisons, the tax cuts, the cuts to the per vote subsidy to parties.
    Too bad that attack ads trump issues. People will look back in horror over the next 4 years.

  3. Oh that CBC POLL, like their voter’s compass and EKOS?  This tax payer funded station has lost all credibility!

    • Only 40% of Canadians actually voted Conservative. These numbers shouldn’t seem that far fetched.

      • Only 40% of the 60% of Canadians that were eligible to vote, voted Conservative.  Are we going to assume that of the other 40%, none would have voted Conservative had they bothered to vote? 

        • No, i think it’s more accurate to say if 100% voted, the Cons would still have received 40% of the vote. That number doesn’t change.

          • That may be but we will never know for sure.  What we do know is that the NDP did not get 40% of the support of those that voted and the Liberals did not get 40% of the the support of those that voted.  We also know that the polls in the last federal election were way off.

          • Which leaves us once again at the fact that 60% of Canadians did not vote Con

          • Yes but 70% did not vote NDP and 80% did not vote Liberal so who should be running the country?

          • This is about policies, not parties. The party that got the most votes intends to implement several expensive policies that Canadians do not support.

            Yay democracy. Or whatever you call this.

          • As dirtyderkson pointed out further up this thread, we should not be surprised because the percentage opposed to the policies roughly corresponds to the percentage who voted for another party during the election. In fact, the support for some of the policies is actually higher than the percentage of people who voted Tory.

            The poll reflects what most would consider “common sense”: an ideological split that roughly reflects the voting pattern. Why are you trying to make this into something bigger?

          • I just am skeptical of polls given their unreliability in predicting anything in the past election….that is all there is to it. 

        • I don’t think assuming they all would have supported the Conservatives is any more reasonable. The majority of Canadians still would have been against these policies.

          • I never suggested they all would have supported the Conservatives.  The point is that we don’t know who the would have supported because they did not vote.  As for the polls in general, I can only say that the worth was proven by their ability to predict the outcome of this latest election.

          • I personally agree with the poll findings.

          • Yes!  This is how it works.  We believe in findings, scientific and otherwise that support what we already believe.  You must of really been disappointed when the poll findings during the federal election turned out to be so inaccurate.

          • The vote turned out much as the polls predicted. I don’t understand what you’re getting at.

          • Yes; the raw numbers were pretty good; it was the seat estimates based on those numbers that were wonky. They failed to adequtely account for the impact of vote-splitting on the centre/left. I think healthcareinsider is referring to the seat count (an interpretation of the data) rather than the vote perentages (the data itself).

          • No, I am just pointing out that everyone was bowled over by the election results because the polls were so out in left field.  If the Liberal party were to totally cease to exist, not all of the MPs that were elected would go NDP….they are a central, slightly left party…so many of the MPs would go to the Cons, as would their voters; others would go NDP. This supposed left split vote is not as clear cut as you seem to think…the Cons and Libs might be closer than the Libs and NDP.

          • ..and I don’t recall the polls predicting 40% for the Cons.

          • I agree that not all voters would split Lib/NDP anf that some would go Tory. The polls did clearly show an abandonment of the Libs and that it was an upward trend. The vote-splitting allowed som Conservatives to taks seats they may not otherwise have gained (my own riding being one; there was a huge shift to the NDP from the Liberals; the CPC didn’t move a lot but the NDP came second and all that gain was at Liberal expense. NDP was a distant third in my riding the previous election.).

  4. Some policies are best off not being decided by direct democracy…  If you can call a random sampling poll direct democracy.  We elect representatives who share our views to help shape such policies, some of which ideally should be for the good of the country rather than reflecting the populist will of the country as shaped by a narrative-chasing unaccountable media.

  5. Hey Canadians, Just a thought:  Maybe you shouldn’t’ve voted for them!

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