Even Split on Approval of Bill C-51 Among Canadians

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Even Split on Approval of Bill C-51 Among Canadians

Most want to see it amended, not repealed

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1345 Canadian voters, the population is exactly split in their view of the government’s anti-terror legislation known as Bill C-51; one third approve of the bill (34%), one third disapprove (32%) and one third don’t offer an opinion (34%).

Approval of Bill C-51 is characteristic of the oldest (41%), males (36%) rather than females (31%), among the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 39%), in Quebec (49%), among Conservatives (43%), Francophones (42%) and those who didn’t finish college (39%).

Most want to see Bill C-51 amended, not repealed

When offered three options (generally aligned with the policy of the three leading parties) the largest groups says Bill C-51 should be amended (29%) rather than repealed (17%) or left the way it is (19%). In addition, one third don’t share an opinion on this, no doubt being unfamiliar with the bill and its contents.

Support for repealing the bill is common to the youngest (27%), those in lower to mid income groups ($20K to $40K - 20%), in he Prairies (26%) and among Nee Democrats (21%).

Support for amending the bill is characteristic of Boomers (55 to 64 - 35%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 38%), not among Quebeckers (25%), but among New Democrats (37%).

Support for leaving the bill as it stands now is common to the oldest (24%), the wealthiest (23%), in the Prairies (27%) and among Conservatives (32%).

“It appears the doomsayers who say Bill C-51 will be the downfall of this government’s popular support aren’t looking deep enough. The public is as likely to be fine with Bill C-51 as they are to have problems or not care. And the largest group wants to amend the bill, not repeal 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.