Even split in opinion on refugee health care

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TORONTO JULY 19th, 2014 – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1624 Canadian voters, there is an even split in opinion between those who believe refugee claimants should receive the same health care as Canadians (44%) and those who do not agree (42%). Agreement with refugees receiving equal care is common to the youngest (48%), the wealthiest ($100K to $200K - 49%), those in Atlantic Canada (48%) and the prairies (54%), but not Alberta (37%). Conservative voters are half as likely to support the idea (25%) as Liberals (52%) and New Democrats (58%).

There is a clear gender gap in these findings, in males and females are relatively equally likely to agree refugees should receive full health care, whereas males are more likely than females to take the opposite positions.

Canadians cherish their publicly-funded health care, perhaps so much that they are less than happy to share it," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.