Disapproval of provincial sex ed curriculum growing

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Disapproval of provincial sex ed curriculum growing Patrick Brown supporters opposed, not so much Elliott voters

TORONTO May 1st, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 912 Ontario voters, there is an even split in opinion between those who approve of Ontario’s new sex education and health curriculum (42%) and those who disapprove (40%), and this represents growth in disapproval since we polled immediately after the curriculum was announced (February 28, Approve - 49%, disapprove - 34%). Then, as now, fewer than a fifth have no opinion (17%). Disapproval is highest among PC voters (63%), the less educated (secondary school or less - 46%, some college/university - 48%), those who disapprove of the Premier (55%), those who vote Conservative federally (63%), Patrick Brown supporters (62%), but not Elliott supporters (42%). Approval is characteristic of those in child-rearing age groups (35 to 44 - 54%), the wealthiest ($80K to $100K - 56%, $100K to $250K - 49%), among Liberals (63%), the best educated (post-grad - 57%), those who approve of the Premier (73%), federal Liberals (57%) and New Democrats (55%).

It appears those opposed to the new health education curriculum are getting their message heard. They are well-organized, and have access to parent and school groups, where a lot of community information is spread," 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.