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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Most Canadians think election system is broken, would support co-operation candidates to defeat Harperites & Save Canada

— A new national Environics poll shows that Canadians think our 
democratic system is broken, overwhelmingly favour proportional 
representation, and are willing 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 percent said broken, and 33 percent 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 percent of Canadians would support, with Liberal supporters at 77 percent, NDP supporters at 82 percent, Green supporters at 93 percent, and Conservative supporters at 62 percent.
  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 percent would vote for the joint candidate, 25 percent would vote for the Conservative candidate, 18 percent are undecided and 18 percent 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 percent of Liberal and NDP supporters would vote for the joint candidate while less than 7 percent 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 percent said more likely, 10 percent said less likely, and 66 percent said it would have no effect.
To see detailed results, please click here.

The poll was funded by 692 Canadians who donated online through 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 percent, 19 times out of 

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