Majority disapproves of early election call

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Majority disapproves of early election call

3-in-10 Conservatives unhappy

TORONTO August 2nd, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1399 Canadian voters, the majority disapproves of the early election call leading to an 11 week campaign (59%), and this is especially the case among the oldest (67%), Females (63%) rather than males (55%), mid-income groups ($40K to $80K - 64%) and the very wealthy ($100K to $250K - 64%), in Atlantic Canada (72%) and Quebec (69%), among Liberals and New Democrats (66% and 76%, respectively) and even among 3-in-10 Conservative voters (30%). Francophones are more upset (69%) than Anglophones (57%), as are the best educated (post grad - 67%).

Approval of the early election call is characteristic of 3-in-10 (29%), especially among younger groups (35 to 44 - 33%), males (36%), the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 34%), In Ontario (34%), the prairies and Alberta (35% each), among Conservatives (57%) and among the least educated (37%). Just more than one tenth don’t have an opinion on the election call (12%).

"David Peterson learned the wrath of an electorate scorned by an early call in 1990, and the Conservatives should be wary this time around. Some of the groups who are most disgruntled at this early, long, summer election are those whose votes the government depends on most, seniors and the wealthy," 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.