Majority likely to switch vote to see senate abolished

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Majority likely to switch vote to see senate abolished

More than a third are “very likely”

TORONTO June 16th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1281 Canadian voters, the majority (56%) say they are likely to switch their usual vote to support a party or politician who promises to abolish the Senate, and more than a third say they are “very likely” to do so (36%). Strong interest in switching to achieve this end is much higher among the oldest (45%), males (40%), the very wealthiest (42%), in Quebec and the prairies (40% each) and among Conservatives (40%) and New Democrats (43%), but not Liberals (27%), among Francophones (44%) and those with no children (38%).

“The constitutional experts tell us abolishing the senate can’t be done, but there is a majority interest in it happening, especially among supporters of the government and the opposition. The constitutional reform process can no longer be a pair of handcuffs on the aspirations of a nation, and if it continues to hinder progress, we will see demands for reforms to the constitutional reform process itself," 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.