Approval of new Ontario sex ed curriculum bounces back

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Approval of new Ontario sex ed curriculum bounces back

One half now approve, one third disapprove

TORONTO July 8th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 678 Ontario voters, one half now approve of the province’s new health and physical education curriculum (49%), while just more than a third disapprove (37%). One sixth do not share an opinion (14%). This represents a sharp increase in approval of the new curriculum since the last time we polled it (May 1, approve - 42%, disapprove - 40%), but also represents a return to the more favourable ratings seen when we polled the subject immediately after the curriculum was announced (but not presented). At that time, approval levels were similar to those seen now (February 28, approve - 49%, disapprove - 34%).

Support for the new curriculum is strongest among the youngest (63%), females rather than males (53% to 45%), mid-income groups ($60K to $80K - 60%), in Eastern Ontario (54%), among Liberals especially (68%), less so among New Democrats (59%) and least so among PC supporters (27%). Approval is slightly higher among mothers of kids under 18 (54%) and much higher among the best educated (60%).

Opposition to the curriculum is common to boomers (55 to 64 - 48%), PC voters (63%) and the least educated (46%).

For a while there, Patrick Brown’s leadership campaign and opposition to the health and physical fitness curriculum were occurring in lockstep, but now Brown is the leader, it appears much of the organizing against the new curriculum has ended, with the result that it is seen in a more favourable light now than it was 3 months ago," 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.