Alberta Votes

Alberta Votes: Voters think Alberta depends too much on oil and gas

Eighty-six per cent of Albertans agree the provincial economy is too dependent on oil and gas.
The Alberta budget has a number of new taxes but no increases to royalties and corporate taxes. (The Canadian Press)

Most Albertans believe the the province is too dependent on oil and gas revenues, according to new data on economic issues released Wednesday by CBC Vote Compass.

Eighty-six percent agreed that the economy is too dependent on oil and gas.

Agree or disagree. Alberta's economy too dependent on oil and gas:

(Vote Compass)

However, 71 per cent say resource companies should pay higher royalties with only three per cent suggesting they should pay less.

Political beliefs influence how people feel about the royalty issue. Two-thirds of Wildrose supporters want companies to pay more, compared to just over half of PC supporters.

How much should oil and gas companies pay in royalties?

(Vote Compass)

About 46 per cent of Albertans believe First Nations should have less say over how natural resources are used. About 27 per cent say the status quo should prevail and another 21 per cent say they should have more. 

On the Keystone XL pipeline, 61 per cent of Albertans want the government to continue lobbying Washington to approve the project.

"The data suggests that Albertans don't view economic diversification as a zero-sum game," said James Aufricht of Vox Pop Labs, the organization that developed Vote Compass.

"Their support for Keystone XL indicates a desire for continued growth in the energy sector, but within a more diverse economy."

A note from Vox Pop Labs, maker of CBC Vote Compass, on the methodology:

The findings are based on responses from 24,251 people who used Vote Compass from April 7 to April 15,

The data are a non-random sample from the population and have been weighted in order to approximate a representative sample.

Vote Compass data have been weighted by geography, gender, age, educational attainment, occupation, religion, religiosity, and civic engagement to ensure the sample's composition reflects that of the actual population of Alberta, according to census data and other population estimates.