Which promises do Canadians want the Liberals to keep? (Abacus Data)

Bruce Anderson and David Coletto (Abacus Data):

In our latest poll we asked how people felt about a range of the promises that the Liberal Party made while campaigning last fall. In each case, we asked if people wanted them to go ahead with the promise, would prefer they not go ahead, or didn’t care much one way or another.

The results, in a nutshell, reveal:

  • Large majorities want the government to proceed with tax cuts for the middle class (80%), with increasing taxes on the wealthiest people (77%) and with increased spending on infrastructure (64%). In each of these cases, opposition never rises above 18%.
  • Opinion is more mixed when it comes to being willing to run a deficit to help stimulate the economy: 48% say go ahead, 38% would prefer not, and 14% have no strong feelings.
  • Similar results are found for “changing our role in the fight against ISIS, to put more emphasis on training local troops and ending our bombing missions”.
  • When it comes to changing the electoral system and how we vote, 41% say go ahead, 25% say don’t and 34% have no strong feelings.
  • Finally, on legalization of marijuana, opinion is split with 38% saying go ahead, 38% preferring not, and 24% expressing limited interest.

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The Upshot

According to Bruce Anderson: “The Liberals no doubt will feel increasing pressure to review their list of promises as economic and other circumstances evolve. As things stand right now, these numbers suggest that there remains broad comfort with the approach they promised on taxation, and infrastructure spending, and a reasonable level of acquiescence when it comes to running a deficit. Results show more tension across political lines when it comes to electoral reform, marijuana legalization and a shift in our role in the fight against ISIS.

The data don’t suggest that following through on these promises will necessarily trigger a massive backlash, but rather that there will be a need for careful execution and effective communications to mitigate concerns or anxieties.”

Full release here