Apr 042013



Canadians would vote for cooperation candidates, support     electoral reform according to new national poll

    Toronto, ON — April 4th — A new national Environics     poll shows that Canadians think our democratic system is broken,     overwhelmingly favour proportional representation, and are willing to vote     for cooperation candidates to defeat Conservative MPs in the next federal     election.

The telephone poll, which sampled 1,004 voters, comes just days before     voting in the Liberal leadership race is set to begin. Cooperation and     electoral reform have been major topics of debate between the two top     candidates, Joyce Murray and Justin Trudeau.

Poll Findings

1. Canadians more likely to say our democratic system is broken     than effective. When asked if our democratic system is broken and     needed to be fixed, or effective and works well – 45% said broken and 33%     said it works well.

2. Seven in ten Canadians support move to proportional     representation. When asked if they would support a move to     proportional representation – 70% of Canadians would support, with Liberal     supporters at 77%, NDP supporters at 82%, Green supporters at 93%, and     Conservative supporters at 62%.

3. Canadians would vote for cooperation candidates to defeat     Conservative MPs. When asked if they would vote for a candidate     that was jointly fielded by the Liberals/NDP/Greens to defeat a     Conservative – 37% would vote for the joint candidate, 25% would vote for     the Conservative candidate, 18% are undecided and 18% would not vote (this     number is comparable to the number of people in this poll who said they did     not vote in the last election.) Notably, over 70% of Liberal and NDP     supporters would vote for the joint candidate while less than 7% would vote     Conservative.

4. Disenfranchised Canadians would be more likely to vote.     People who did not vote in 2011 were asked if this idea would make them     more or less likely to vote in the next election – 22% said more likely,     10% said less likely, and 66% said it would have no effect.

To see detailed results, please click here:


The poll was funded by 692 Canadians who donated online     through Leadnow.ca. Leadnow.ca supports cooperation for electoral reform.     Interviewing for this Environics National Telephone Survey was conducted     between March 18th – 24th, 2013, among a national random sample of 1,004     adults comprising 502 males and 502 females 18 years of age and older,     living in Canada. The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/-     3.10%, 19 times out of 20.


For comment:

Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca – 778-847-8205media@leadnow.ca

Leadnow.ca is an independent advocacy organization that brings generations     of Canadians together to achieve progress through democracy. Leadnow.ca’s     campaigning community is powered by over 220,000 Canadians.


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