rate The Beer Store highly
Majority want it to lose monopoly
20th, 2014 –
In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1058
Ontario voters, one half approve of The Beer Store (TBS), the foreign-owned
quasi-monopolistic retailer of beer in Ontario (50%), while just 3-in-10
disapprove (31%). One fifth don't have an opinion (19%). Approval of TBS is
common to females (56%), in northern Ontario (59%), among Liberals (54%), Green
Party voters (60%), the least educated (54%), Catholics (55%) and Christians
who are neither Protestant, Evangelical nor Catholic (56%).
Majority Agree TBS does a good job selling beer
majority of Ontario voters agree TBS does a good job selling beer (55%), and this
is especially the case among the less wealthy ($20K to $40K - 62%), Green
voters (61%), mothers of children under 18 (64%), the least educated (61%) and
Catholics (62%). This compares favourably to their opinion on the same question
the last time we asked it (November 2013 - "Beer Store does a good job of
retailing beer" - 60%).
One half want TBS to lose monopoly
half of Ontario voters agree TBS should lose its quasi-monopoly on cold beer
sales (51%), and this is especially characteristic of Boomers (55 to 64 - 55%),
males (63%), the wealthier ($80K to $100K - 62%, $100K to $250K - 56%), in
Toronto 416 area code (61%), among PC voters (55%), the best educated (post
grad - 65%) and those who are not religious (64%). This compares with a similar
proportion who said this the last time we polled (February, 2012 - "Beer
Store should lose monopoly" - 60%).
voters are used to The Beer Store and have no experience with anything else,
and this contributes to its generally positive ratings. Monopolies are
unpopular, however, and even those who have never bought beer anywhere but a
Brewer's Retail or Beer Store want freedom of choice," said Forum Research President, Dr.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at email@example.com or at (416)