Majority will switch vote to see Bill C-51 repealed

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Majority will switch vote to see Bill C-51 repealed

One third are “very likely” to switch

TORONTO June 16th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1281 Canadian voters, the majority (52%) are likely to switch their vote to support a party or politician who will repeal Bill C-51, and as many as one third are “very likely” to do so (34%). Switching behaviour is higher among the youngest (40%), males (37%), mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 41%), in Atlantic Canada (52%) and BC (48%), but not in Quebec (20%), among New Democrats (54%), the best educated (47%) and more so among Anglophones (38%) than Francophones (18%). Of note, one tenth of Conservative voters say they will switch their vote to repeal this Bill (9%).

“Bill C-51 has prompted more anger and pushback than many government initiatives we have seen, but it still doesn’t move as many votes as, for instance, expanding CPP, returning the age for OAS to 65 or building affordable housing. Nonetheless, it has the power to move as many as one tenth of the total Conservative vote, which is not insignificant," 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.