In a recent poll, the Manning Centre and Mission Research have found that 76% of Canadian millennials want a referendum on electoral reform before any changes are approved.
Specifically, participants were asked – “How much do you support or oppose the holding of a national public referendum to approve any change in Canada’s electoral system?”
The results showed:
- 24% strongly support a national referendum
- 52% somewhat support a national referendum
- 17% somewhat oppose a national referendum
- 6% strongly oppose a referendum
“These findings clearly show that regardless of millennials view on what our electoral system should be, almost everyone agrees that a referendum is necessary to ensure the system’s legitimacy in the eyes of the public,” said Peter McCaffrey, Director of Research at the Manning Centre. “Although this poll is focussed on millennials, the results are in line with other polls that have found the vast majority of Canadians support holding a referendum before changing Canada’s electoral system.”
This polling research was conducted by Mission Research on behalf of the Manning Centre from October 11 to 19, 2016 via online interviews among a random sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 15-34 years. A corresponding random sample of the population would yield results accurate to within ±2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.