Canadian military most trusted institution

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Supreme Court, Auditor General follow

TORONTO MAY 26th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1692 Canadians 18 years of age and older, close to one half say they have "a great deal of trust" in the Canadian military (44%), followed by about one third who say this of the Supreme Court (39%) and the Auditor General (35%). After these, about one quarter have strong trust in the RCMP (26%) and the Chief Electoral Officer (24%).

Institutions which do not fare so well include the Prime Minister's Office (10%), the respondents' provincial government (12%), the Parliamentary Budget Officer (10%) or, especially, parliament (7%) and the senate (6%). The highest trust rating for a provincial government is in Manitoba/Saskatchewan (30%). Even among Conservative voters, the PMO is only given a strong trust rating by just more than one quarter (28%).

The PMO and the senate have the highest negatives ("do not trust at all" - 25% each) followed by the respondent's provincial government (19%). The highest negatives for a provincial government are in BC (25%), followed by Quebec (18%) and Alberta (18%). Distrust of the PMO is highest in Atlantic Canada (33%), Quebec (30%) and BC (29%).

The military is always held in high esteem in Canada, but it is surprising to see the Auditor General's office has created such a high level of trust, largely through the efforts of Sheila Fraser. It is also refreshing to see that our judiciary is also trusted," 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.