AbacusData: Canadians are divided on whether MPs should vote for Conservative committee today and force an election

AbacusData: Canadians are divided on whether MPs should vote for Conservative committee today and force an election
Posted on October 21, 2020 | Abacus Data | Written on October 21, 2020
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As Canadians may be asked to vote in a snap election resulting from an impasse between the government and opposition parties, we decided to get a quick reading directly from Canadians.

Between 5 pm and 9:30 pm ET last night, we surveyed 1,000 Canadian adults about the upcoming confidence vote, with the following preamble:

Tomorrow, MPs will vote on a motion to create a parliamentary committee that opposition parties want to probe the Liberal government’s pandemic response spending, such as the WE Charity controversy.

The Liberal government says they consider the vote a confidence vote, meaning if it passes, the government will have lost the confidence of the House of Commons and an election will be called.

About a third of those surveyed say they have been following this situation very or pretty closely. One in five Canadians (20%) hadn’t heard of it. The rest had only a vague recollection. Compared to our norms this indicates a relatively low level of public engagement so far

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