Majority of Canadians oppose Scottish independence

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Majority oppose Scottish independence

TORONTO SEPTEMBER 16th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll among 1541 Canadians 18 years of age and older, one fifth (21%) claimed to come from a Scottish background, and this especially characteristic of Boomers (55 to 64 - 25%), the wealthier ($80K to $100K - 28%), in Atlantic Canada (31%), Ontario (26%) and Alberta (34%), Conservatives (26%), the best educated (post grad - 27%), Protestant Christians (34%) and those with a favourable image of Israel (27%).

Majority of Canadians in the "No" camp

More than one half of Canadians (58%) do not favour Scottish independence, and this includes more than two thirds of those who claim Scottish ancestry (68%). Other subgroups who favour independence include the youngest (51%), the least wealthy (53%), Quebeckers (57%), New Democrats (54%) and Francophones (61%). 

"We may be the most Scottish country on Earth after Scotland, and yet our populace appears to be less in favour of Scottish independence than the Scots, especially Scots in the diaspora," 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.