Thinking about the extent to which they trust governments at the following levels to do the right thing, Canadians overall have a higher degree of trust for their local municipal government (57% total - 9% very much/48% somewhat) than they do for the federal (43% total - 7% very much/36% somewhat) or their respective provincial government (41% total - 5% trust very much/37% trust somewhat).
Conversely, four in ten (43%) say they don't trust (14% not at all/30% don't really trust) their local government to do the right thing, compared to a majority who say the same about the federal government (57% total - 26% not at all/31% don't really trust) or their provincial government (59% total - 23% not at all/36% don't really trust).
Trust in the federal government runs highest in Alberta (59%), and significantly lower in Ontario (47%), British Columbia (40%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (38%), Quebec (36%) and Atlantic Canada (35%). Distrust is most prevalent in Atlantic Canada (65%), Quebec (64%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (62%), followed by British Columbia (60%), Ontario (53%) and Alberta (41%).
Albertans (66%) have the most trust for their provincial government, while fewer residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (53%), Ontario (41%), Atlantic Canada (37%), Quebec (33%) and British Columbia (33%) can say the same thing. Distrust of their provincial government is highest in British Columbia (67%) and Quebec (67%), but lower in Atlantic Canada (63%), Ontario (59%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (47%) and Alberta (34%).
Getting Value for Tax Dollars
Thinking about the services offered and programs funded by various levels of government for the taxes they pay to each, Canadians also think they get better value for money in terms of the taxes they pay versus the services they receive from their local or municipal government (55% total - 7% very good value/48% somewhat), compared to the federal government (47% total - 5% very good/42% somewhat) and their respective provincial governments (45% total - 4% very good/40% somewhat good).
On the other hand, nearly half (45%) don't think they get good value from their local government (15% not good at all/30% not very good), while a majority thinks they don't get good value from the federal government (53% total - 19% not good at all/34% not very good) or their provincial government (55% total - 19% not good at all/36% not very good).
Perceptions of good value from the federal government are highest in Alberta (56%) and Ontario (51%), but lower in Atlantic Canada (47%), British Columbia (43%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (41%) and Quebec (39%). Conversely, Quebecers (61%) are most likely to think they don't get good value from the federal government, followed by those living in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (59%), British Columbia (57%), Atlantic Canada (53%), Ontario (49%) and Alberta (44%).
Albertans (62%) think they get the best value from their provincial government, followed by fewer residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (52%), Atlantic Canada (50%), Ontario (49%), Quebec (34%) and British Columbia (32%) who can say the same about their provincial tax dollars. British Columbians (68%) are most inclined to say they don't get good value for money from their provincial government, followed by Quebecers (66%), Ontarians (51%), Atlantic Canadians (50%), residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (48%) and Alberta (38%).
Overall, eight in ten (77%) Canadians `agree' (33% strongly/44% somewhat) that `overall, we pay too much tax in Canada for the services we receive'. Conversely, two in ten (23%) `disagree' (3% strongly/19% somewhat) that we pay too much for what we get.
Canadians Say Federal Politicians Not in Tune with Them...
Most (84%) Canadians `agree' (38% strongly/46% somewhat) that `the political elite in Ottawa aren't in tune with what is really important to the average Canadian'. Just 16% `disagree' (2% strongly/14% somewhat) with this assertion.
Furthermore, when asked the degree to which politicians in Ottawa and the average Canadian have anything in common, nearly half (44%) of Canadians believe that they have nothing in common with politicians in Ottawa. While a majority (51%) say they have `a little in common', few (5%) believe they have `a lot in common' (5%).
Residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the most likely (50%) to believe they have nothing in common with politicians in Ottawa, while fewer British Columbians (46%), Ontarians (46%), Atlantic Canadians (46%), Quebecers (41%) and Albertans (31%) say they have nothing in common with our federal politicians.
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between June 20-25, 2012, on behalf of Postmedia News and Global Television. For this survey, a sample of 1,101 Canadians from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in Canada been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.
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