Two Thirds See Need For Referendum On Electoral Reform

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Two Thirds See Need For Referendum On Electoral Reform

Conservatives, NDP agree

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1429 Canadian voters, as many as two thirds agree a national referendum on electoral reform is required before we change the way MPs are elected (65%). Fewer than one fifth do not agree a referendum is necessary (18%) and a similar proportion have no opinion (17%).

Agreement a referendum is needed is common to all groups, but especially mid aged groups (45 to 54 - 70%), males (68%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 70%), in Atlantic Canada (70%), Alberta (75%), among Conservatives (79%) and New Democrats (75%) but not so much among Liberals (58%) and, curiously, among those who would abolish the monarchy in Canada (70%).

“This is a very conclusive finding. There is a strong majority opinion in favour of a referendum on the way MPs are elected, and it spreads across all regions and socioeconomic groups. It is apparent where public sentiment sits on this complex issue" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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