52% of Canadians agree Canada’s Constitution should be changed to make Canada fully independent from Britain – 43% disagree

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2012

76% of people in Quebec agree with this change, 17% disagree — and average of 44% of people outside Quebec agree, while 51% disagree

OTTAWA – Today, the new national educational foundation Your Canada, Your Constitution (YCYC) released the results of its recent national survey of 2,030 Canadians on the question of making Canada a fully independent country by retiring the British monarchy as the head of governments in Canada.  The results show that a majority of Canadians (52%) want this change made, while 43% do not.

The YCYC survey, conducted by Harris/Decima from May 10th through May 20th, asked 2,030 Canadians ages 18 or older whether they agreed or disagreed with changing Canada’s Constitution to make Canada a fully independent country by retiring the British monarchy as head of Canada’s federal and provincial governments.

Compared to the rest of Canada, many more people in Quebec (76%) support this change than do not (17%).  Outside of Quebec, an average of 44% support this change, while 51% do not.

Support among people younger than 34 is much higher (57%) than among people older than 35 (50%).

Given this survey result, and the survey result released last week by YCYC which revealed that 65% of Canadians want clear rules to regulate key decision-making powers of Governor General and provincial lieutenant governors, enforced by Supreme Court of Canada, it seems a majority of Canadians agrees with changes to the fundamental structure and exercise of powers in Canadian governments.

About the poll: The data was gathered between May 10th through May 20th, 2012 through Harris/Decima’s teleVox, the company’s national omnibus survey. Results are based on a sample of 2,030 Canadians, and the corresponding margin of error is ±2.2%, 19 times out of 20.

 

Survey Question

To what extent do you agree or disagree that Canada’s Constitution should be changed to make Canada a fully independent country by retiring the British Monarchy as Head of Canada’s federal and provincial governments?

  1. Strongly agree
  2. Agree
  3. Disagree
  4. Strongly disagree
  5. [Do not read] Don’t know/refused