High Approval in Ontario for CPP Expansion

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High Approval in Ontario for CPP Expansion

Plurality approves of cancelling ORPP as a result

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1183 Ontario voters, as many as two thirds approve of the recent federal government agreement to expand CPP (63%), and this approval is especially common to the oldest (55+ - 70%), females (66%) rather than males (52%), the least wealthy (less than $20K - 68%), in the city of Toronto (69%), among Liberals (82%) and New Democrats (76%), but not among Progressive Conservatives (45%).

Plurality thinks CPP paid too little prior to expansion

When asked if the original target of CPP, about 25% of pre-retirement income was too little or too much, the plurality, more than 4-in-10 say it was too little (43%), while just one tenth thinks it too much (10%). Three-in-ten thinks 25% is “about right” (29%). As many as one fifth don’t know (19%).

Plurality approves of cancelling ORPP in favour of CPP expansion

The plurality, close to one half, approves of the Ontario government’s decision to cancel the ORPP once CPP expansion had been achieved (45%), while just 3-in-10 disapprove (31%), and close to one quarter have no opinion (23%).

Plurality agrees ORPP cancellation, CPP expansion is best course

When presented with four options regarding the intersection of CPP and ORPP, the winning choice (though not by much) was to expand CPP and cancel the ORPP (31%), followed by those who wished to expand CPP and still keep the ORPP (21%). A proportion just greater than a tenth thinks neither the CPP expansion nor the ORPP is necessary (13%, twice this proportion among PCs - 26%). Very few think the ORPP should be kept but CPP expansion cancelled (5%).

“It is clear CPP expansion is popular with voters, especially the older ones, for whom pension reform has always been a hot button issue. Moreover, it appears the voters understand the purpose of the ORPP was primarily to prompt national pension reform, and they agree that, now that goal is achieved, the ORPP has served its purpose and can disappear" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.