Two-thirds of Canadians want public inquiry into foreign election interference, stricter regulation: poll

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support public investigations into foreign interference in elections, according to one survey, and 58% of Canadians say they don’t want foreign governments to influence domestic votes. I think we succeeded. new vote.

A survey by Research found that a third of Canadians, or 33%, said they were “very likely” that China would try to influence Canada’s elections this century. In Canadians over the age of 55 he up to 45%.

Reports in recent weeks, citing national security sources and information, show that the Chinese regime has backed some Liberal Party candidates and opposed others considered conservative, and that the past two It suggests that he tried to influence the next federal election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada’s electoral process was “uncompromised” and ruled out a possible public inquiry into the allegations. However, Trudeau announced on March 6 that the government would appoint a “prominent Canadian” as an “independent special rapporteur” on the issue of interference.

Research, an online polling company, released the results of a survey of 1,000 adults conducted between February 26th and February 28th on March 6th. The survey is statistically weighted according to the Canadian Census figures for age, gender, and region.

poll Asked“All things considered, are you for or against calling for an independent inquiry into foreign interference in the Canadian electoral process?”

A poll found that 64% of Canadians want an independent survey, 21% are against it, and 15% are undecided. Among Canadians over the age of 55, her support for public surveys was 73%, and among Canadians aged 35 to her 54, she was 61%. 59% of adults between the ages of 18 and 34 wanted independent research, even among younger demographics.

When asked if what they’ve seen, read, heard and experienced has helped a foreign government to influence Canada’s federal elections this century, 58% of Canadians say yes. believe. By region, British He hit 63% of his voting-age individuals in Columbia and 62% of him in Alberta.

“Almost half (49%) of Canadians believe that foreign governments target federal nomination contests. 33%), or local government nomination contests (29%),” Research Co. said in a news release.

One in five Canadians say they think it’s “very likely” that Russia (28%) and the United States (24%) have tried to influence elections this century.

Fewer respondents felt the same way about other countries, with 13 percent in the UK, 10 percent in France and 9 percent in Germany indicating possible sources of interference.

72% said Canada should obey Australia, which “recently enacted a series of laws aimed at criminalizing or comprehensively limiting foreign interference activities”.

“These laws criminalize covert, deceptive or threatening activities by persons intended to interfere with Australia’s democratic systems and processes or to assist the intelligence activities of a foreign government. I will.”

“Canadians of all political parties believe the country should enact tougher laws to prevent foreign interference,” Research president Mario Canseco said in a news release. “A majority of Canadians who voted for the Liberals (80%), New Democrats (75%) and Conservatives (73%) in the 2021 federal election agree.”

Tara MacIsaac contributed to this report.