Vancouverites Widely Support Vacant Home Tax: Poll

Insights West survey reveals widespread support among Vancouver residents for controversial idea of levy to discourage owners leaving properties empty

October 24, 2014

Vancouver False Creek

Vancouver residents are widely in support of a tax on owners of vacant homes, according to a new Insights West survey reported in the Vancouver Sun.

The idea has been a hot topic ever since COPE mayoral candidate Meena Wong proposed it last month, with widespread media debate on the pros and cons of such a levy.

Insights West asked Vancouver residents to respond to Wong's proposal of a vacant home tax. The idea was extremely popular, with 72 per cent of respondents describing it as a “very good” or “good” proposal, and 18 per cent deeming it “very bad” or “bad.”

This high level of support was even across genders (75 per cent for women, 70 per cent for men), all three age groups (supported 70 per cent among those aged 55 and over, rising to a high of 76 per cent among those aged 18-34) and all three household incomes brackets (80 per cent support in the lowest bracket, dropping to 66 per cent for those in households earning $100,000 or more a year).

To read the full Vancouver Sun story, click here.

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