Wide approval for “Life Means Life”

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Wide approval for “Life Means Life”

Still, half think it’s just an election ploy

TORONTO August 25th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1440 Canadian voters, the majority (57%) express approval of the Conservative Party’s reintroduced “Life Means Life” legislation, which would see the most serious murderers locked away for the rest of their lives. Three-in-ten disapprove (31%) and one tenth don’t have an opinion (12%). Support is especially strong among Gen X (45 to 54 - 63%), females (61%), mid income groups ($40K to $80K - 61%), in Alberta (65%), among Conservatives, obviously (81%), but not among New Democrats so much (45%), among Francophones (61%), mothers with children (65%) and the least educated (high school or less (71%).

Despite support, most see it as election ploy

One half of voters see the “Life Means Life” legislation as just an election ploy to play on voter fear (51%) rather than a genuine attempt to deal with violent crime (34%), and this is especially common to the youngest (56%), males (55%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 56%), in Atlantic Canada (57%) and in the prairies (59%), among the best educated (61%) and among New Democrats (69%) and Liberals (58%) but not, unsurprisingly, among Conservatives (13%).

This policy is a no-brainer. Everyone knows it’s a good idea to shut cop-killers up for the rest of their lives. The problem is, that it’s so obviously a populist policy, that even the populace can see through it," 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.