The battle to ditch the HST may be tightening.
British Columbians have softened their skepticism towards the tax, which at one time was almost universally hated, according to a new and far-reaching survey on the state of B.C. politics.
An Angus Reid poll released Thursday pegs the current rate of opposition to the HST at only 54 per cent of voters, down from a high of upwards of 80 per cent, with 35 per cent in favour and 11 per cent undecided. In the upcoming referendum, which will likely be held in June of next year, the opposition side must account for 50 per cent plus one of all votes cast in order to overturn the tax.
Much stronger opposition was found in response to a proposal to lower B.C.’s voting age to 16, an idea endorsed by several Liberal leadership candidates.
Only 27 per cent of British Columbians endorse such a move, with 65 per cent opposed. Likewise 60 per cent oppose allowing individuals under the age of 18 to vote in the Liberal and NDP leadership primaries, something currently permitted by both parties.
NDP spokeswoman Jan O’Brien said her party’s low minimum age of membership — currently 12 years old — was designed to foster greater inclusion.