It seems many of you are hoping for tax reductions in the next budget.
A new poll from Mainstreet/Postmedia suggests 35 per cent of respondents say that is their top priority in the 2017 budget, with reducing spending second at 24 per cent.
Education and health spending got 18 per cent and public infrastructure investment finished with 12 per cent but David Valentin, with Mainstreet Research, explained the numbers are quite different when you look at the different cities.
“Edmonton has very different priorities than the rest of the province and in fact, many people in Edmonton want to see investments in health and education,” explained Valentin. “24 per cent of people in Edmonton told us that.”
Mainstreet’s poll found that 58 per cent of respondents say they are dissatisfied with the province’s response to the economic conditions.
Valentin thinks Edmontonians are not so jaded by what the NDP has done so far.
“40 per cent of Edmontonians are telling us that the province is doing either an excellent or a good job when it comes to handling the economy but that number is 19 per cent when you look outside of Edmonton and Calgary in the rural parts of the province,” explained Valentin.
In Edmonton, 41 per cent are dissatisfied and 40 per cent said the response has been excellent or good.
“On the one hand, Edmontonians, 40 per cent are very happy,” explained Valentin. “On the other hand it is 19 per cent, essentially half, outside the major urban centres, so there is a big difference in how people are perceiving what the government is doing depending on where they live.”
Just over half of respondents (52%) say the government is not moving fast enough to bring the budget back to balance.
The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.01 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. (twd)