One Half of Ontario Voters Aware of Fundraising Controversy
Most think Liberals worst offenders, one
third say reform “very urgent”
In a random sampling
of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1183 Ontario voters, one half
are aware of the controversy surrounding political fundraising in the province
(49%), and these tend to be the mid aged (45 to 54 - 55%), males (57% rather
than females (42%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 59%), in the 905 area code
surrounding Toronto (54%), among PC voters (59%) and among the best educated (post
grad - 65%).
Most think Liberals bend the rules more
When asked who bends
the fundraising rules the most, in total, more than one quarter of voters say
the Liberals do (28%), and very few specify either the PCs (8%) or the NDP (2%)
or, in fact, all the parties (8%). Among PC voters, close to half in total say
the Liberals are the guilty party (47%), while Liberal voters are equally
likely to blame their own party (9%) or the PCs (13%). NDP voters think both
Liberals (23%) and PCs (15%) are guilty of bending the rules.
One third says fundraising reform “very”
In total, 6-in-10
voters think political fundraising reform in Ontario is urgent (60%) and as
many as one third say it is “very urgent” (33%). Belief in extreme urgency of
reform is common to males (42%), the very wealthiest (37%), in Southwestern
Ontario (36%), among PC voters (44%) and even among one quarter of Liberals
(23%) and New Democrats (27%).
“While the political
slush fund capers haven’t penetrated that far into the popular consciousness,
they’ve made an impression on the older, wealthy and well-educated voters,
which would indicate they have the capacity to become a more serious issue for
this government" said Forum
Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
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