Alberta Budget 2015

March 2, 2015 6:40 pm
Updated: March 25, 2015 10:15 am

Alberta government’s budget survey: What do you really think?

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WATCH ABOVE: Just weeks away from the provincial budget, we see how Global News viewers responded to the same questions the government is asking in its budget survey. Tom Vernon explains.

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has posted an online survey to get Albertans’ views on the current economic situation and the upcoming provincial budget.

It touches on a number of contentious issues, including health-care premiums, taxes and deficits.

We were curious to know how people felt about the issues, so we copied the survey questions to see how Global News readers would respond.

Please scroll down the page to view the questions.

The Global News survey is not scientific. Our questions were posted on Feb. 20 and by March 2, there was an average of between 2,500 and 3,000 responses per question.

The government survey had more than 40,000 responses. It closed on Feb. 28. The province has not said exactly when the results will be made public.

Finance Minister Robin Campbell previously said he’s eyeing a nine per cent spending cuts across the board. However, when asked whether spending cuts to programs and services including health care and education, 79 per cent of Global News survey respondents said that is not acceptable.

A few weeks ago, the finance minister said Albertans are open to the idea of health care premiums. However, Global News‘ survey did not find that. In fact, only five per cent of respondents supported the idea as a way to increase revenues.

Source: Alberta government 

WATCH: You may have heard that the government has launched an online survey to get Albertans’ views on budgeting. As Emily Mertz reports, Global News is doing a survey of its own.

*NOTE: This article was originally posted on Feb. 20. It was updated on March 2 to include some of Global News’ survey results.

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