Opposition to Sex Ed Curriculum Down Slightly

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Opposition to Sex Ed Curriculum Down Slightly

Curriculum strongly favoured by moms, wealthiest, best educated

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1154 Ontario voters, just less than one half approve of the Ontario government’s new health education curriculum (47%), while just one third do not approve (33%). One fifth don’t take a position on the issue (20%). When we last asked this question in the spring, the proportion opposing the curriculum was slightly higher (June 1, Approve - 48%, disapprove - 36%).

Support for the curriculum is common to females (53%) more so than males (40%), the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 57%), in the city of Toronto (56%), among Liberals (62%) and New Democrats (59%) but not among Progressive Conservatives (30%), among mothers of children under 18 (59%) and among the best educated (post grad - 55%).

Disapproval of the curriculum is characteristic of boomers (55 to 64 - 40%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 41%), in the 905 area code surrounding Toronto (36%), among PC voters (49%) and among those with some college (38%).

"It appears the Premier doesn’t have much to fear in continuing to support the new curriculum; the voters who most strongly approve are all groups with high turnout, and are capable of making themselves heard over a noisy minority" 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.