British Columbia after the HST Referendum

Monday, August 29, 2011

Vancouver, BC - A new Ipsos Reid poll was conducted regarding the recent HST referendum in BC. Please see below for more details.


These are the findings of an online Ipsos Reid poll of 750 adult British Columbians conducted using Ipsos Reid’s online household panel on August 29, 2011. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±3.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual BC population according to 2006 Census data.


This survey is about the recent HST referendum in BC. As you may know, British Columbians voted to extinguish the HST by a margin of 55% to 45%. The provincial government has promised it will scrap the HST and return to the GST/PST system.

1. In your opinion, what will be the impact of scrapping the HST and returning to the GST/PST system on each of the following? Select one response per row.

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2. The provincial government has said that it will take about 18 months to replace the HST with the GST/PST system. Do you think this is a reasonable timeframe, or is it too long? Select one response.

It’s a reasonable timeframe (30%)
It’s too long (64%)
Don’t know (6%)

3. The provincial government has said that replacing the HST with the GST/PST system will create about a $3 billion dollar hole in the province’s finances. This includes lost tax revenues and repaying the $1.6-billion transfer payment received from the federal government to switch to the HST system. Do you find the $3 billion dollar figure believable or not? Select one response.

Believable (39%)
Not believable (52%)
Don’t know (9%)

4. Do you plan to delay any significant purchase (e.g. home renovation, new home purchase, etc) until the HST is scrapped and replaced with the GST/PST system? Select one response.

Yes (31%)
No (54%)
Don’t know (15%)

5. As a result of the HST referendum result, are you more likely or less likely to vote for each of the following parties in the next provincial election? Select one response per row.

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6. There has been some speculation that Premier Christy Clark will call an election this fall instead of waiting for the fixed election date in May 2013. Do you approve or disapprove of having a provincial election this fall? Select one response.

Approve (34%)
Disapprove (51%)
Don’t know (15%)

For more details on this release, please contact:

Kyle Braid
Vice President
Ipsos Reid Public Affairs

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British Columbia after the HST Referendum

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Kyle Braid
Senior Vice President / Vice-Président Senior, Canada
Ipsos Public Affairs
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