Half Favour Closer Ties with China

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Half Favour Closer Ties with China

Support highest among Liberals, oldest, wealthiest

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1370 Canadian voters, one half favour developing closer ties with China (50%), while one quarter oppose the idea (26%). A similar proportion have no opinion (24%).

Opposition to closer ties with China is common to Gen X (45 to 54 - 31%), mid income groups ($40K to $60K - 33%), those in Ontario (30%) and BC (32%), Conservatives (35%) and mothers (30%).

Support for a China strategy is high among the oldest (65+ - 56%), males (59%), the wealthiest (59%), Maritimers (57%), Albertans (56%), Liberals (64%) and the best educated (post grad - 55%).

“Prime Minister Trudeau’s China play is well-liked by Liberals, but also by wealthy males and the oldest, who are traditionally Conservative. This appears to be an excellent example of a policy in which common sense displaces partisan fervor" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at lbozinoff@forumresearch.com or at (416) 960-9603.