new poll Leger’s report released Monday suggests Albertans are becoming less enthusiastic about leaving the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in exchange for a provincial plan, with a noticeable decline in UCP voters. ing.
“In late October, we found a gradual increase in the proportion of Albertans who were more likely to support the government’s move to create the Alberta Pension Plan,” said Andrew Enns, Leger’s executive vice president. ” he said.
“What we saw in this poll in early January was actually a decline in support.”
Leger polls suggest overall support. UCP government sales pitch The share of people creating new provincial pension plans has fallen by five percentage points since last fall, with 22 per cent of Albertans now saying they should switch to an Alberta-only pension plan.
Leger conducted a survey in October that found 54% of UCP supporters supported the government’s proposal. Currently, that number has reached his 40%.
The report is based on an online survey of 1,012 Albertans aged 18 and over, weighted to Canadian Census numbers using non-probability sampling. There is no margin of error, but for comparison purposes, a probability sample of 1,012 respondents would result in an error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points 19 out of 20 times.
Enns believes there are several factors behind the decline in support for the state’s pension plan, including a lack of engagement.
“Fast forward to January, and we’re just past December, which is typically the month when a lot of public relations issues tend to be less intense due to other distractions,” he said. Ta.
“I think so [provincial] As I understand it, the government itself is actually…not very active in promoting this issue. ”
In an emailed statement to CBC News, the Alberta government said it is awaiting further analysis from the Office of the Actuary of Canada and, if that happens, it will provide “an opinion on the value of the asset transfer that Alberta will be entitled to receive.” He said he would give an overview. The state was to withdraw from the CPP.
“We remain committed to providing Albertans with all the information they need to make informed decisions about the Alberta Pension Plan. ’s choice,” the statement reads.
Pension promotion declines
The UCP government’s proposal was announced in September 2023 after a government-commissioned report committed more than $330 billion in pension contributions to Alberta if it left the CPP.
Since then, debate over pensions has subsided, especially after pushback from the Fed, which may have resonated with the UCP’s voter base, Enns said.
Overall, Albertans feel a little less informed about what the provincial government wants to do with their pensions than they did three months ago, according to Leger’s survey data.
The survey found that 69% of respondents knew about the state-only pension plan, down 2 percentage points from October.
Ultimately, Enns said he thinks Leger’s research shows more work needs to be done to convince Albertans that an Alberta-only pension system is the way to go. .
“The current numbers do not suggest that this is a winning policy for the government in terms of pursuing policy at this stage,” he said.
“Governments will have to be more proactive in communicating the benefits openly, not just to their own constituents, but to the entire population.”