Canada Quebecers would rather more services than a tax cut, PQ poll suggests

17:17  13 february  2018
17:17  13 february  2018 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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After a series of unfavourable opinion polls, the Parti Québécois has found some solace in a survey that suggests some of its platform is favoured by a majority of Quebecers.

Trailing the Coalition Avenir Québec and the Liberals in the polls for months, the PQ internal survey suggests that one element of its platform — more funding for services rather than a tax cut — resonates with voters.

According to a survey conducted for the PQ by Repère Communication and obtained by the Presse Canadienne Tuesday, nearly three out out of four respondents (73.7 per cent) prefer a reinvestment in health care, education and families — a promise on the PQ platform — rather than a tax reduction (26.3 per cent).

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That preference of investment in public services over a tax cut is also found among respondents identifying themselves as CAQ or Liberal supporters — polling 66 per cent and 69 per cent respectively.

And the poll also suggests that even though some politicians may perceive a promise of a tax cut as a way to win votes, most voters don’t believe such a pledge, 60.9 per cent finding it hardly or not at all believable.

The poll also suggests that 64.7 per cent of respondents who describe themselves as CAQ supporters think a political party that contends it can cut taxes and reinvest in public services would have little or absolutely no credibility.

That finding is significant because CAQ leader François Legault has promised just that, particularly in education, where a uniform school tax rate proposed by the CAQ would create a $1.4-billion shortfall in the system.

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However, 35 per cent of CAQ supporters believe that party could indeed cut taxes and invest in services.

And that belief isn’t limited to supporters of Legault’s party. A total of 46.7 per cent of PQ-supporting respondents, 45.8 per cent of Liberals and 42.9 per cent of Québec Solidaire supporters also believe a government can invest in services while reducing the tax burden.

The poll follows a commitment by PQ leader Jean-François Lisée that taxes won’t be cut under a PQ government, but more money would be put into government services.

Within the PQ, the survey results are welcomed as a sign that Quebecers’ support for the CAQ, evidenced in a series of polls, is at best fragile and that the PQ will emerge from its third place standing in popularity.

The internal poll was conducted after a Léger Marketing survey for Le Devoir suggested the CAQ enjoyed 39 per cent voter support compared with 28 per cent for the Liberals and 20 per cent for the PQ.

The same survey found that about 60 per cent of Léger respondents preferred increased funding for government services over a tax decrease.

The Repère Communication telephone poll was conducted Feb. 5-8 among 1,005 respondents and has an estimated margin of error of 3.1 per cent.

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