Majority of Quebecers Turn Their Backs on Sovereignty

Almost half of the province’s residents consider themselves Quebecers first and Canadians second.

Vancouver, BC [October 26, 2018] – Most residents of Quebec appear content with their province’s current status within Canada, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 34% of Quebecers agree with the statement “Quebec would be better off as its own country”, while a majority (53%) disagree.

The level of agreement with the statement on Quebec sovereignty is highest among voters who cast a ballot for the Parti Québécois (PQ) in the last provincial election (81%), but drops drastically among those who supported the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) (38%), Québec solidaire (31%) and the Liberal Party of Quebec (19%).

Almost half of residents (48%) say they consider themselves “Quebecers first, and Canadians second” while just over two-in-five (43%) say they are “Canadians first, and Quebecers second.”

Men (54%) and residents aged 55 and over (52%) are more likely to consider themselves Quebecers first.

Only 18% of Liberal voters in this year’s provincial election consider themselves Quebecers first, compared to majorities of voters who supported the CAQ (57%), Québec solidaire (74%) and the PQ (89%).

“On a regional basis, residents of Montreal are more likely to refer to themselves as Canadians first,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “But most of those who live in Quebec City and other areas of the province refer to themselves as Quebecers first.”

Two thirds of Quebecers (68%) think their views are different from the rest of Canada, but 51% disagree with the notion that Quebecers have more in common with the people of France than with those in other parts of Canada.


Results are based on an online study conducted from October 20 to October 22, 2018, among 602 Quebec adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Quebec. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.9 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our full data set here and download the press release here. 

Photo Credit: Zorion

For more information on this poll, please contact:
Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.