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The Plurality Disapprove of Removing Sir John A.
MacDonald's Name From Things
More than 4 in 10
26th - In a random sampling of public
opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 1408 Canadian voters, just under half (BTM2: 44%) say they disapprove
of removing Sir John A. MacDonald's name from buildings or landmarks because of
the policies that harmed Indigenous Canadians such as residential schools, with
a third (31%) saying they strongly disapprove.
One-quarter (28%) say they approve,
with one-sixth (16%) saying they strongly approve.
One-quarter (26%) say they neither
approve, nor disapprove, and just about 1 in 10 (7%) say they do not know.
Respondents most likely to say they disapprove (BTM2)
include those aged 45-54 (53%), males (55%), the most wealthy (61%), living in
Alberta (63%), with a college/university degree (52%), and supporting the
Respondents most likely to say they approve (TOP2) include
those aged 34 and younger (33%) or 35-44 (30%), females (34%), the least
wealthy (36%), earning $20,000-$40,000 (34%), $40,000-$60,000 (33%) or
$80,000-$100,000 (35%), living in Québec (40%), with a
post-graduate degree (40%), and supporting the NDP (45%) or Green Party (43%).
The least wealthy is the only group that is more likely to approve of this
measure than disapprove.
“The plurality do not approve of
stripping Sir John A. MacDonald's name from buildings or landmarks, with the
majority of the wealthiest Canadians vehemently opposed,” said Dr. Lorne
Bozinoff, President of Forum Research. "It's worth noting that there is a
strong economic divide with the least wealthy the only income group more likely
to approve than disapprove."
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
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