Plurality Think it’s OK for Ministers to Attend Fundraisers

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Plurality Think it’s OK for Ministers to Attend Fundraisers

Even when it’s the PM

Toronto, March 12th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 1,340 Canadian voters, (41%) do not believe it’s unethical for the Prime Minister or his Ministers to appear as special guests at a fundraiser for their political party. (36%) believe it’s unethical, while (24%) do not know.

Those most likely to respond that it’s not unethical include those earning $40,000-$60,000 (52%), living in Québec (44%), Ontario (41%), or BC (43%), supporting the NDP (53%). Those who have completed some college or university (42%), have a college or university degree (42%), and those with a post-graduate degree (44%) are also most likely to find no issue the practice.

Those most likely to agree that it is unethical include those earning $80,000-$100,000 (44%), that support the Conservative Party (47%), and the least educated (40%).

“Fundraising is always a sensitive topic, and while the plurality finds that Ministers attending fundraisers is okay, more than a third still find it unethical. It’s a narrow margin and requires a cautious balance between the optics of fundraising and the necessity of filling the campaign war chest,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.

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