Split Opinion on Bear Hunt and Catholic School funding

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Half disagree with public funding for Catholic Schools

TORONTO October 1st, 2014 – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1079 Ontario voters, just less than one half disagree with Catholic schools receiving public funding in the province (48%), while just fewer agree that they should continue to do so (45%). Very few do not have an opinion on this volatile issue (7%). The last time we polled this, in May 2013, results were identical (48% disagree, 44% disagree) and they have not differed since we began polling this question (January 2012 - 49% disagree, 45% agree). Surprisingly, findings do not vary across demographic and socio-political groupings, although past polling has shown Catholics significantly more in favour of public funding than other faiths, or the non-religious.

Equal split on Spring bear hunt

Relatively equal proportions, about one third each, are in favour of the Spring bear hunt (35%), oppose it (32%) or do not have an opinion (33%). Those who favour it are likely to be males (42%), younger (39%), higher income ($80K to $250k - 42%), in Northern Ontario (67%) and PC voters (50%).

Ontarians don’t want, by a very slim margin, to see their resources spent on religious education. On the environmental front, they are unsure about their approval of the Spring bear hunt (except in the North)," 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.