approve of Ontario budget
Infrastructure spending best liked measure
TORONTO May 1st,
2015 - In a
random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 912 Ontario
voters, just one quarter approve of the Ontario budget (24%), while as many as
one half disapprove (49%). One quarter don’t offer an opinion (27%).
Budget not seen to be good for economy
than one quarter of voters think the Ontario budget is good for the economy
(22%), and just more think it bad for the economy (26%). Close to half don’t
know one way or another (44%). The budget is seen in its most positive light by
lower income groups ($20K to $40K - 28%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K -
28%), in Eastern Ontario (28%), Liberal voters (42%) and those who approve of
the Premier (45%).
Infrastructure spending liked the best
specific budget measures tested, the promise of $130 billion on infrastructure
spending is liked the best (77% approve), followed by by auto insurance
discounts for those with winter tires (70%), beer sales in grocery stores (65%)
and the new $1 tax on cases of 24 beers (50%).
Few think budget will be balanced in 2018
than one fifth believe the government will balance the budget by the target
date of 2018 (19%), and close to two thirds explicitly believe this won’t
happen (61%). In fact, it is only among Liberal voters that there is any
realistic expectation of a balanced budget (39%), and, even among these
partisans, an equal proportion think the budget will not achieve balance in
“We see a similar pattern with respect to the Federal budget;
while the document as a whole is not well-liked, its constituent parts are
appreciated. It’s curious that the measure liked best involves the greatest
amount of public spending, which makes it clear there is a genuine public
hunger for new infrastructure in Ontario," said
Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (416)