Angus Reid National Poll Results

 

National Poll Conducted by Angus Reid Global

Angus Reid Global, in partnership with Fair Vote Canada, conducted a poll of 1510 Canadians in September, 2019, to ask their opinions about proportional representation and Trudeau’s broken promise on electoral reform. Results are below.

“In order for a political party to form a majority government, it should have the support of over 50% of Canadians”

Net agree: 82%
Net disagree: 18%

Strongly agree: 51%
Somewhat agree: 32%
Somewhat disagree: 13%
Strongly disagree: 5%

“Our electoral system should encourage parties to cooperate and compromise so that the important policies that are passed in parliament reflect the support of over 50% of Canadians.”

Net agree: 90%
Net disagree: 10%

Strongly agree: 53%
Somewhat agree: 37%
Somewhat disagree: 7%
Strongly disagree: 3%

“Do you feel that the overall composition of Parliament should be an accurate reflection of how people voted?”

Yes: 80%
No: 9%
Not sure: 10%

“Do you support or oppose moving towards a system of proportional representation in Canadian elections?”

Net support: 77%
Net oppose: 23%

Strongly support: 33%
Somewhat support: 44%
Somewhat oppose: 14%
Strongly oppose: 9%

Note: Supporters included 80% of those who voted Liberal, 65% of those who voted Conservative, 88% of those who voted NDP, 79% of those who voted Bloc and 94% of those who voted Green/other in 2015. 

“Which of the following statements best reflects your opinion on electoral reform and the Liberal government’s handling of it?”

70%: The Liberal government was wrong not to pursue electoral reform — it should have kept its promise.
30%: The Liberal government was right not to pursue electoral reform, even though it broke a promise.

Note: Of the 70% who said the government was wrong not to pursue electoral reform, this included 61% of Liberal voters, 66% of Conservative voters and 83 to 85 % of NDP, Bloc or Green voters.

“The best way to achieve electoral reform is with substantial input from citizens across the country.”

Net agree: 85%
Net disagree: 15%

Strongly agree: 52%
Moderately agree: 33%
Moderately disagree: 9%
Strongly disagree: 6%

Respondents were then introduced to the idea of a National Citizens’ Assembly:

“Questions have been raised about the best way to examine the issue of electoral reform. One proposal is to hold a national citizens’ assembly. A citizens’ assembly is a non-partisan group of citizens independently selected to represent the public that is given the time and resources to:

  • Learn about electoral reform issues from experts from Canada and around the world;
  • Consult with Canadians in communities across the country;
  • Take what they have learned and make a recommendation to the federal government for a new or updated voting system in Canada.”

“If electoral reform were to be examined in the future, do you support or oppose the implementation of a national citizens’ assembly?”

Net agree: 84%
Net disagree: 16%

Strongly support: 35%
Moderately support: 48%
Moderately oppose: 10%
Strongly oppose: 6%

“Whichever political party forms government in the upcoming federal election in October should organize a National Citizens’ Assembly on electoral reform.”

Net agree: 79%
Net disagree: 21%

Strongly agree: 35%
Moderately support: 44%
Moderately oppose: 13%
Strongly oppose: 8%

Full poll results available here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Bz3Ud3n7ZFXdQFAYNc2kuqqVyj2xPha7aKnUFDT4RsE/edit?usp=sharing

Background

In partnership with Fair Vote Canada, Angus Reid Global conducted an online survey among a representative sample of 1,510 adult Canadians. The respondents are members of Angus Reid Forum. For comparison purposes only, this sample plan would carry a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About Angus Reid Global

Angus Reid is Canada’s most well-known and respected name in opinion and market research data. Offering a variety of research solutions to businesses, brands, governments, not-for-profit organizations and more, the Angus Reid Global team connects technologies and people to derive powerful insights that inform your decisions. Data is collected through a suite of tools utilizing the latest technologies. Prime among that is the Angus Reid Forum, an opinion community consisting of engaged residents across the country who answer surveys on topical issues that matter to all Canadians.

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