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article imageAre you willing to pay higher taxes? A new poll suggests yes

By Andrew Moran     Apr 10, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - A new poll from the left-leaning organization the Broadbent Institute suggests that more Canadians – from all political stripes – are willing to pay "slightly" more taxes to protect Canada's social services, such as healthcare and education.
Are you willing to pay more in taxes, despite your level of income? Do you want the tax rate on others to be higher to ensure that the government and its social services are protected? Well, according to a new poll, nearly two-thirds would be willing to give more of their income to the government.
An Environics Research Group study by the new left-leaning think tank group the Broadbent Institute shows that more Canadians would be happy to pay more in taxes. The survey showed that 64 percent would be willing to pay “slightly higher taxes,” but the survey never defined what “slightly” actually meant.
Following its questions on income equality and whether or not the affluent in our society should pay more, individuals were asked: “[Would you] personally be very, somewhat, not very or not at all willing to pay slightly higher taxes if that’s what it would take to protect our social programs like health care, pensions and access to post-secondary education?”
Of the nearly two-thirds, 41 percent of the respondents said they were “somewhat” open and 23 percent were “very” willing to distribute more of their earnings to the government. Meanwhile, a total of 33 percent were at least “not very willing” to pay more to the government.
It also gave respondents three different options:
- Increase tax rate in incomes above $250,000 and $500,000
- Increase the corporate tax rate
- Reinstate the 35 percent inheritance tax on estates worth more than $5 million
What may be surprising to some was that the support for higher taxes, and three aforementioned scenarios, wasn’t just from Liberal or New Democrat voters, but also a majority of Conservative voters (58 percent).
“This attitude toward paying slightly higher taxes is reflected equally in high income and middle income Canadian households. It’s only their governments who are offside,” stated a media release Tuesday. “Individuals from all walks of life indicate they are willing to do their part through fair and equitable taxation to protect our public programs, but they want corporations to do their part too.”
The study was conducted with 2,000 adult Canadians between Mar. 6 and Mar. 18. The poll contains a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.
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