Thanks to the generosity of our viewers, we crowdfunded a professional poll on the Alberta NDP's carbon tax, and now the results are in.
452 Albertans were surveyed, with an accuracy of plus or minus 4.6%, nineteen times out of twenty. I’d like to take you through the six questions that we asked.
Here’s our first question: "What do you think the Alberta NDP government’s attitude is towards Alberta’s oil and gas sector?”
(They claim to support it, but for years the NDP led anti-oil protests, and Notley herself attended one.)
43% of Albertans say the NDP is hostile, with more than half of those people saying the NDP is very hostile. Only 17% say the NDP are moderately friendly to oil and gas, and just 7% say they’re very friendly.
Here’s our second question: "Alberta’s NDP government is imposing a $3 billion carbon tax. This tax was not in their election platform. Do you think they have a mandate to bring in this tax?"
Only 26% of Albertans say they do.
Third question: "Should the NDP hold a referendum on bringing in this proposed carbon tax, which will cost the average family hundred of dollars a year?”
47% say yes, just 28% say no.
Here’s my favourite question: “The NDP has said the tax will start at $3 billion and grow to $5 billion. Do you think the tax will stay at $5 billion, or increase in the future?”
Albertans are no dummies. Only 5% of people say it will stay at $5 billion. Even amongst NDP voters, only 8% say it will stay at $5 billion dollars a year.
Here’s the fifth question: “The NDP’s plan includes shutting own coal-fired power plants and installing green energy like solar and wind. What impact do you think this will have on your power bill?”
Again, Albertans are no dummies. 57% say their power bills will go up, including 34% who say it will go up a lot. Only 6% say it will go down. In fact, NDP voters are even more convinced their electricity bills are about to go up, with 62% saying so.
Last question: "What do you think is the real goal of this carbon tax?"
43% say it’s to raise more money; 25% say they don’t know. Just one third of Albertans believe it’s to combat climate change. I’m surprised that’s so high — if paying taxes cooled the climate, we’d be in an Ice Age by now.
So there you have it.
Albertans believe the NDP is hostile to the oil and gas industry. They think the NDP doesn’t have a mandate for the tax, and they should put it to a referendum.
They think their electricity bills are going up, the tax itself will go up, and the whole thing is just a cash grab.
Folks, it’s up to us to fight back. Yesterday, the first of 2,500 of our lawn signs started going up across Alberta. If you’ve signed up for a lawn sign, expect an e-mail from us in the next day or so telling you where to go to pick it up in your community — we have dozens of volunteer lawn sign captains who have generously offered to distribute them across the province. Thanks you!
If you haven’t registered for your lawn sign yet, or if you want to be a lawn sign captain to help distribute them, you can click on the image below.
Lawn signs are free, but we do ask you to consider making a $5 online donation to help cover the cost. If you want to help us cover the cost of this opinion poll, you can do so at the website, too. (I haven’t got the bill for this poll yet, but I imagine it will cost us at least $2,000 because it was so long.)
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