New Poll Shows 58 Percent of Canadians See Socialism Positively
A new poll out released in August finds that 58 percent of Canadians have a positive view of socialism, and 18 percent have a very positive view of it.
The survey of 1,733 voters was conducted by Forum Research July 26th-28th, 2019, roughly two months before Canadians head to the polls for the general election.
According to the new poll, Canadians most likely to view socialism positively are aged 35-44, with 65 percent in that age group expressing that view. More years of formal education also tracked with more positive views of socialism; the highest levels of support (65 percent) came from those with a post graduate degree.
Those planning on voting for the Canada’s New Democrats (NDP), led by Jagmeet Singh, were most likley to view socialism positively at 85 percent. Supporters of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party were also likely (74 percent) to view it favorably, while those backing the Conservatives —28 percent—were the least likely to have a positive view of socialism.
The Forum poll also shed light on Canadians’ views of capitalism, and how their views on the two issues contrast with those of Americans.
The majority of Canadians—58 percent—said they viewed capitalism positively.
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