National Poll: Two-Thirds of Canadians Say Green Tax Shift is a "Good Idea"

    Just 31% are Satisfied with Current Government's Environmental
    Performance; 55% Dissatisfied

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - As the federal election campaign heads into
its final weekend, new polling released today by McAllister Opinion Research
shows that two-thirds of Canadians support the idea of shifting taxes from
income to pollution.
    The results are based on a random digit dial telephone survey of 1,016
Canadians conducted this week between October 5-8, 2008. (See attached
backgrounder for the detailed results.)
    Sixty per cent of Canadians (60%) say they have heard of a "tax shift"
approach where governments "cut income taxes and increase taxes on pollution".
In this approach to taxation, people and companies that pollute more, pay more
tax. Those who pollute less, pay less tax. When asked whether this approach is
a good idea or a bad idea, 66% called it a "good idea," 19% a "bad idea," and
14% were either neutral or unsure.
    The poll also asked Canadians to rank the government's performance on
seven policy issues ranging from the "economy and "health care" to "crime and
justice." The environment received the second-lowest ranking of the group,
with less than one-third of respondents "satisfied" (31%), 14% "unsure" and
55% "dissatisfied."
    In a national poll of nearly 2,000 respondents completed last month,
"environment/pollution" (chosen by 19% of respondents) emerged as Canadians'
second-highest top-of-mind concern, behind "economy/jobs" at 27%. Health care
was behind the environment at 11%.
    "Despite the dramatic news in the markets, concern for the environment is
a trend that's here to stay," said Angus McAllister, President, McAllister
Opinion Research. "Canadians show clear support for green tax shifting, and
they want leadership from their government in fighting global warming."

    To view the BACKGROUNDER, please select the following link:
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For further information:

For further information: Angus McAllister, President, McAllister Opinion
Research, (604) 633-4981 (office), (778) 999-7506 (cell),

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