Majority oppose public funding for Catholic schools

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Majority oppose public funding for Catholic schools

Strongest among youngest, wealthy, in Toronto, among NDP supporters

TORONTO July 8th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 678 Ontario voters, more than half disagree that Catholic schools should continue to receive public funding (51%). Just more than a third support continued public funding (38%) and one tenth don’t have an opinion (11%).

Opposition to public funding is strongest among the youngest (62%), mid-income groups ($60K to $80K - 63%), in Toronto 416 area code (57%) but not in Northern Ontario (35%), among the least educated (57%), among non-mainline Christians (60%), those of other religions (66%) and non-believers (69%) but not among Catholics (17%).

Support for funding is especially characteristic of boomers (55 to 64 - 44%), the least wealthy (43%), the wealthier ($80K to $100K - 48%), PC supporters (46%), those with children (42%) and, not surprisingly, Catholics (76%).

“We have tracked this issue for several years, and opposition to funding is always at about one half, while support is nearer one third. If it were ever put to a public referendum, Catholic school funding would lose, fair and square," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

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