One half approve of mission to Ukraine

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One half approve of mission to Ukraine

Approval as high as three quarters among federal Conservatives

TORONTO April 16th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1365 Canadian voters, one half (48%) approved of the new Canadian Forces mission to Ukraine, while just fewer disapproved (40%). One tenth did not share an opinion (13%).

The mission to Ukraine is especially popular among males 54%), those in mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 52%), in the prairies (53%) and Alberta (55%), among federal Conservatives (74%), the least educated (54%) and Anglophones (52%). The mission is least popular among lower income groups (49% disapprove), in Quebec (50%) among federal Liberals and New Democrats (50% each) and among Francophones (51%).

By comparison, when we first we polled the Iraq mission against ISIS in November 2014, approval was higher at two thirds (66%). Support has subsequently dropped to 4-in-10 (39%) for the Iraq mission, and as little as one third for the extension of that mission into Syria (32%).

 “Our polling has been showing the appeal of these military adventures waning among voters as they go on. This new one has entered the charts at a lower level of approval than the mission to Iraq did,” 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.