Half of Canadians Want Proportional Representation – Poll
Prince George, B.C. – A new Insights West poll has found more and more Canadians are beginning to support the idea of a new electoral system in this country.
The online survey found 50% of Canadians agree with Canada electing MP’s through Party-List Proportional Representation, up five points from the last survey.
Canadians aged 18-34 are most likely to support the change (62%). That’s higher than those aged 35-54 (45%) and those aged 55 and over (44%).
The survey also found those who voted for the Liberal Party in last year’s federal election are more supportive of this move (59%) than those who voted for the NDP (49%) or the Conservative Party (40%).
The poll showed there were no fluctuations for Canadians willing to adopt the Single Transferable Vote system (45%) and for those favouring the Mixed Member Proportional Representation system (40%).
As for our current First-Past-The-Post system, three-in-five Canadians (61%) say there are very or somewhat satisfied with that system – including 64% of those aged 55 and over and 72% of Conservative voters
Insights vice-president of public affairs Mario Canseco says the results show two emerging trends.
“Younger, more Liberal voters seem willing to give Proportional Representation a try, while older, more Conservative voters are definitely happy with First-Past-The-Post.
The poll also found a majority of Canadians (68%) believe a change in the electoral system should be put to a country-wide referendum while just 18% think a vote in the House of Commons would be enough to settle the issue.