Income splitting a hit with voters: Poll

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Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Conservatives’ 2011 election promise to introduce income splitting is very popular with voters, an Abacus Data survey has found.

Fully 57% of those asked say they support the idea, with just 22% opposing it and 20% unsure.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that once the budget was balanced, a Conservative government would let spouses with children under age 18 share up to $50,000 of income for tax purposes – allowing a higher earner to shift income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket.

Harper recently called income splitting “good policy” and it seems even voters who don’t support the government agree with him.


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