Three Quarters Disagree with Current 3rd Party Spending Rules

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Three Quarters Disagree with Current 3rd Party Spending Rules
Most think corporations and unions spend equally

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1097 Ontario voters, as many as three quarters disagree that third parties should be able to spend unlimited sums on Ontario election advertising (73%), while just one seventh agree with the current spending rules (14%). A similar proportion doesn’t have an opinion (13%).

Agreement with the current rules, which allow unlimited spending, is common to the youngest (18%), males (17%) rather than females (10%), in Toronto (17%) and among Liberals (17%).

Most don’t know who spends the most, but unions and corporations lead

When asked who spends the most under the current 3rd party spending rules, few select individuals (4%), but two equal groups, just less than a quarter, pick unions (22%) or corporations (23%) as the big spenders. Close to one half of voters don’t know who the big spenders are (44%). PC voters are most likely to say unions are the big spenders (36%), while both Liberals and New Democrats pick corporations (28% and 30%, respectively).

“It is not surprising most voters reject the current 3rd party election advertising rules, as they are almost ludicrous in their porousness. What is curious is the fact that most see unions and corporations as equal spenders, when it is known that almost all 3rd party election spending in Ontario is by union groups" 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.