Ontarians will take transit over beer: Poll
Premier Kathleen Wynne explains the changes from the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets on Thursday April 16, 2015. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)
Ontarians like the idea of spending on infrastructure -- even more than beer in grocery stores.
That's the finding of a Forum Research Inc. poll that asked Ontarians what they thought of the Ontario Liberal government's new budget.
Premier Kathleen Wynne's promise to spend $130 billion on transit, roads and other projects was endorsed by 77% of Ontarians.
"It's curious that the measure liked best involves the greatest amount of public spending, which makes it clear there is a genuine public hunger for new infrastructure in Ontario," Forum Research President Dr. Lorne Bozinoff said.
Auto insurance discounts for winter tires got the thumbs up from 70% of those polled while beer in grocery stores was backed by 65%.
Half of Ontarians even supported the budget's new tax on beer -- 50 cents on a case of 24.
Forum Research said Ontarians didn't actually seem to like the budget itself.
The budget's approval rate came in at just 24%with 49% disliking it.
"We see a similar pattern with respect to the Federal budget; while the document as a whole is not well-liked, its constituent parts are appreciated," Bozinoff said.
People were more likely to see the budget as bad than good for the economy, but a full 44%had no idea.
However, most Ontarians polled did not believe that the Wynne government would balance the books as promised by 2017-18
Even among Liberal supporters, only half believe it will happen.
The Forum Poll can be found online here.