Ipsos Reid released a poll this morning on the HST Referendum. The first question perfectly describes why the yes side carried the day, despite being outspent about 40 to 1.
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.
|Positive Impact||Negative Impact||Neutral/No real impact||Don’t Know|
|You and your family||43%||25%||24%||8%|
|The overall BC economy||17%||49%||20%||14%|
43% said scrapping the tax would be good for them and their family. And a similar 49% said it would be bad for business. In other words those voting to scrap the tax voted for their personal economic interests ahead of the BC economy.
Ross K over at the Gazetteer marries that with a chart showing the class distribution of that vote. The ridings voting to scrap the tax were those representing average to lower income voters.
Add that to what’s happened to those voters in BC over the last decade… consumption tax increases combined with business and high income tax breaks means they are paying the freight for tax shifts that favour business and high earners.
People didn’t vote against BC’s eonomy, They didn’t vote against “economic experts” as the Globe suggested this morning. They didn’t vote against rich people.
They voted in their own interest.
And isn’t that what you are supposed to do?.