Even Split on
Approval of Bill C-51 Among Canadians
Most want to see it amended, not repealed
In a random sampling
of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1345 Canadian voters, the
population is exactly split in their view of the government’s anti-terror
legislation known as Bill C-51; one third approve of the bill (34%), one third
disapprove (32%) and one third don’t offer an opinion (34%).
Approval of Bill
C-51 is characteristic of the oldest (41%), males (36%) rather than females
(31%), among the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 39%), in Quebec (49%), among
Conservatives (43%), Francophones (42%) and those who didn’t finish college
Most want to see Bill C-51 amended, not
When offered three
options (generally aligned with the policy of the three leading parties) the
largest groups says Bill C-51 should be amended (29%) rather than repealed
(17%) or left the way it is (19%). In addition, one third don’t share an
opinion on this, no doubt being unfamiliar with the bill and its contents.
repealing the bill is common to the youngest (27%), those in lower to mid
income groups ($20K to $40K - 20%), in he Prairies (26%) and among Nee
Support for amending
the bill is characteristic of Boomers (55 to 64 - 35%), mid income groups ($60K
to $80K - 38%), not among Quebeckers (25%), but among New Democrats (37%).
Support for leaving
the bill as it stands now is common to the oldest (24%), the wealthiest (23%),
in the Prairies (27%) and among Conservatives (32%).
“It appears the doomsayers
who say Bill C-51 will be the downfall of this government’s popular support
aren’t looking deep enough. The public is as likely to be fine with Bill C-51
as they are to have problems or not care. And the largest group wants to amend
the bill, not repeal it" said Forum
Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
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