The carbon tax has been in effect since 2017 started and a new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll suggests just over half of all Albertans surveyed feel it is having a major impact on their lives.
A random sample of 2,589 people were surveyed in Alberta through cell phones and landlines on February 9 and 10.
The poll suggests 51 per cent of respondents said they feel a major impact from the carbon tax, while 41 per cent noticed only a minor impact on their lives.
He added, in Edmonton, 63 per cent voted that they are feeling only a minor impact from the new tax.
“This issue really does break along partisan lines quite consistently,” explained Maggi. “It is not surprising that its approval in Edmonton is significantly higher than in the rest of the province.”
58 per cent of respondents outside of major urban centres said they noticed a major impact.
Maggi explained the poll also found 64 per cent of those surveyed are still against the carbon tax, which is down slightly since the last poll.
“From when we started in single digits in Alberta, in terms of approval of a carbon tax, 34 is actually not terrible,” explained Quito Maggi. “In just a couple of years it has risen quite dramatically so I think it is something Albertans are starting to get used to.”
Maggi added, opinions are changing, with 58 per cent now supporting the phase out of coal in Alberta as well.
“The public opinion is starting to catch up with the expert opinion on this matter and it is not terribly surprising,” explained Maggi. “Most people support the phasing out of coal and I’m pleased to see that most Albertans now believe in climate change and humans do impact the environment.”
“Support for the phase out (of coal) is highest in Edmonton where 75 per cent approve the measure,” added Maggi.
Maggi explained 51 per cent of respondents noticed the major impact from the carbon tax, while 41 per cent noticed only a minor impact, adding the numbers in Edmonton show 63 per cent of respondents noticed a minor impact.
The margin of error for survey results is ± 1.93 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 but for Edmonton specific results, the margin of error is ±3.56 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. (twd)