Pension by Simon Cunningham is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.
Plurality approve of ORPP
Support down from November
TORONTO August 11th, 2015 - In
a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1001 Ontario
voters, close to half approve of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)
when it is described to them (44%). Four-in-ten disapprove (40%) and one sixth
don’t have an opinion (15%). This stand in contrast to November, 2014, right
after the ORPP was announced, when more than half approved (52%), 3-in-10
disapproved (28%) and as many as one fifth had no opinion (20%).
Approval of the ORPP is common to females (49%), mid income
groups ($40K to $60K - 48%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 49%), in the city
of Toronto (52%), among Liberals (72%) and New Democrats (53%) and even among
some PC voters (22%). Mothers of children under 18 approve (48%) as do the best
educated (post grad - 52%). While small business owners (who will pay increased
employer contributions) are less than enthusiastic about the ORPP (39%), so are
those who have no pensions now (39%).
4-in-10 less likely to
support government if they don’t help ORPP
The plurality of Ontario voters will be less likely to
support the federal government in the coming election because of its
unwillingness to help Ontario administer the ORPP (40%), while about one
quarter say this stance will make them more likely to support the government
(28%). One quarter will not be influenced one way or the other (27%).
ORPP seen as retirement
insurance, not a payroll tax
When voters are asked to describe employee pension
contributions, they are most likely to describe them as retirement savings
(27%), followed by a personal savings plan (22%). Fewer than one fifth
characterize pension contributions as a payroll tax (17%). Opting for “payroll
tax” is really only characteristic of PC voters (30%), and then only a minority.
“It may be that the
Prime Minister picked the wrong hill to plant his flag on. The ORPP, while less
popular than before, is still more liked than not liked, and very few seem to
be buying the line that it is a payroll tax. Most voters know a retirement
insurance plan when they see one,"
Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is
the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (416) 960-9603.