One half approve of 3 years of deficit spending

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One half approve of 3 years of deficit spending

$90 billion deficit seen to be unacceptable, though

TORONTO February 18th, 2016 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1406 Canadian voters, close to one half approve of the Liberal government’s original plan to go into deficit for three years before balancing the budget in the final year of their mandate (48%), while just more than one third do not approve of this plan (36%). One sixth have no opinion (16%). Approval of deficit spending is characteristic of the youngest (57%), males (50%) rather than females (46%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 56%), in the Atlantic provinces (62%), among Liberals (of course - 73%) and among New Democrats (54%). Disapproval is common to the young mid aged (35 to 44 - 45%), males (39%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 46%), in Alberta (53%) and among Conservatives (77%).

6-in-10 says a $90 billion deficit is unacceptable

Voters were presented with reports that the Liberal government deficits may total as much as $90 billion by the end of their mandate. As many as 6-in-10 say this is unacceptable (59%), while just more than a quarter find it acceptable (28%). A seventh don’t have an opinion (13%).Those who find this acceptable are especially likely to be the youngest (38%), males (30%) rather than females (25%), the least wealthy (38% - often a proxy for youth), in the Atlantic Provinces (34%) and in BC 37%), among Liberals (42%) and New Democrats (44%). Those who find a deficit this large unacceptable are especially likely to be mid aged (45 to 54 - 71%), the wealthiest (64%), in Alberta (71%) and Conservative voters (92%).

 “This is an issue which splits neatly along party and regional lines. Deficit spending in general is favoured in the east, BC, among the young and among Liberals and New Democrats. While $90 billion in deficits is not seen to be acceptable by most, the same ideological and regional divisions exist,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.