Almost Two Thirds of Canadians OK with Same-Sex Marriage

More than three-in-five Canadians support the use of “SOGI-Inclusive Education” in their province.

Vancouver, BC [August 1, 2019] – A sizeable majority of Canadians support the notion of same-sex couples being able to legally enter wedlock, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 64% of Canadians believe that same-sex couples should continue to be allowed to legally marry in Canada.

One-in-ten Canadians (10%) think same-sex couples should not have any kind of legal recognition, while 15% would allow them to form civil unions and not marry and 11% are undecided.

“More than seven-in-ten Canadians of European descent (71%) approve of same-sex marriage,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “But the proportion drops to 44% among Canadians of East Asian descent and 42% among Canadians of South Asian descent.”

Across the country, 45% of Canadians believe people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, queer, and Two-Spirit are “born”, while 24% believe they “choose” to be LGBTQ2+. Three-in-ten Canadians (31%) are not sure.

Some school districts in Canada have relied on “SOGI-Inclusive Education”, which raises awareness of and welcomes students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and family structures. 

Most Canadians (62%) support the use of “SOGI-Inclusive Education” in their province, while just one-in-five (20%) are opposed and 18% are not sure.

Support for “SOGI-Inclusive Education” is highest among women (67%), Canadians aged 18-to-34 (64%) and Liberal Party voters in the 2015 federal election (70%).

Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) and/or Queer Straight Alliances (QSAs) are peer support networks run by students and supported by school staff in order to promote a safe place for all students.

When asked if school districts should be compelled to inform parents if their child participates in a GSA or QSA in school, 45% of Canadians believe they “definitely” or “probably” should do so while 37% disagree.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from July 15 to July 17, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Most Canadians Believe “Conversion Therapy” Should Be Banned

A majority also think transgender Canadians should be allowed to use the public bathroom of their choice.

Vancouver, BC [July 26, 2019] – More than half of Canadians would abolish the practice of trying to modify a person’s sexual orientation, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 58% of Canadians would ban “conversion therapy”, which purports to “convert” individuals who identify themselves as LGBTQ2+ into heterosexuals through psychological or spiritual intervention.

Support for a nationwide ban on “conversion therapy” is highest among women (62%), British Columbians (65%) and Canadians aged 18-to-34 (61%).

Across the country, more than half of Canadians (55%) believe the notion of “converting” individuals who identify themselves as LGBTQ2+ is “impossible”, while 25% think it is “possible.”

“There are some striking ethnic differences on this question,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While only 20% of Canadians of European descent think transforming a person’s sexual orientation is possible, the proportion rises to 34% among those of South Asian descent and 36% among those of East Asian descent.” 

There have been some discussions across Canada on establishing policies for the use of public bathrooms by transgender Canadians.

A majority of Canadians (52%) believe transgender Canadians should “definitely” or “probably” use the public bathroom of their choice, while one third (33%) think they should “definitely” or “probably” use the public bathroom based on biological sex.

Canadians who voted for the Liberal Party or the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the 2015 federal election are more likely to agree with the notion of transgender Canadians using the public bathroom of their choice (63% and 60% respectively).

Conversely. a majority of Canadians who supported the Conservative Party in the last federal ballot (52%) believe transgender Canadians should use the public bathroom based on biological sex.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from July 15 to July 17, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Many Canadians Using Outside Grills for Summer Meals

Across the country, 3% of owners say they never clean their barbecue and outdoor grill in the summer.

Vancouver, BC [July 19, 2019] – A sizeable proportion of at-home meals in Canada are prepared in a barbecue or outside grill during the summer months, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 66% of Canadians say they own a barbecue or outdoor grill.

Atlantic Canada has the highest proportion of barbecue or outdoor grill owners (74%), followed by Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan (all at 67%), British Columbia (63%) and Quebec (61%).

Among grill owners, more than three-in-five (62%) say that, during the summer, they prepare meals at home for themselves and their families in the barbecue or outdoor grill “one to three times a week.”

More than one-in-five owners (22%) rely on the barbecue or outdoor grill “four to six times a week”—including 27% of Ontarians.

While 9% of owners say they never use their barbecue or outdoor grill to prepare meals at home for themselves or their families, 7% say all of their homemade meals in the summertime involve their barbecue or outdoor grill.

When owners were asked about their favourite food to grill, steak is the top choice (43%), followed by hamburgers (31%), ribs (9%), sausages and hotdogs (7%), vegetables (5%), fish and seafood (3%) and chicken (2%).

“Grill owners in Alberta (50%) and Quebec (46%) are more likely to choose steak as their favourite barbecue staple of the summer,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Fish and seafood fare better in British Columbia (6%) than in any other region.”

Almost two thirds of owners (65%) say they clean their barbecue or outdoor grill “after each use” during the summer months, including 67% of British Columbians and Quebecers and 76% of those aged 55 and over.

Just under a third of owners (32%) say they clean their barbecue or outdoor grill “a few times” during the summer, while 3% admit to never cleaning their cooking device.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from July 6 to July 9, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Quebec Leads Canada in Time Spent Making Dinner at Home

British Columbians are more likely to have dinner in front of a television set than residents of other Canadian provinces.

Vancouver, BC [July 5, 2019] – Most Canadians devote less than an hour to prepare dinner at home, but residents of Quebec are more likely to spend longer in the kitchen every night, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 60% of Canadians say they spend anywhere from 31 to 60 minutes preparing dinner for themselves and others in their household on an average weekday. 

Three-in-ten Canadians (30%) spend less than 30 minutes in the kitchen making dinner—a proportion that rises to 38% in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and 33% in Alberta.

“Canadian men are significantly more likely than Canadian women to devote as little time in the kitchen as possible,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While only 24% of female respondents say they spend less than half an hour making dinner each night, the proportion jumps to 36% among male respondents.”

While only 10% of Canadians devote more than 60 minutes to preparing dinner at home on an average weekday, the proportion rises to 20% in Quebec.

Seven-in-ten Canadians (71%) acknowledge having relied on frozen entrees cooked in the oven to prepare dinner at home in the past month, while three-in-five (60%) consumed frozen entrees cooked in the microwave.

Canadians report that 51% of the dinners they had at home over the course of the past month took place at the dining room, with no television. The remaining 49% of dinners happened at a different part of the home, with the television on.

The percentage of meals that occurred in the dining room is highest in Quebec (60%) and lowest in British Columbia (42%).

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 31 to June 3, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Flag, Armed Forces and Economy Make Canadians Proudest

Only two-in-five respondents in the country say they are proud of the Canadian justice system.

Vancouver, BC [June 28, 2019] – Three institutions and features of Canadian life are more likely to elicit feelings of pride among the country’s citizens, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, at least four-in-five Canadians say they are proud of the Canadian flag (93%), the Canadian Armed Forces (89%) and the Canadian economy (80%).

At least seven-in-ten Canadians are proud of the health care system (77%), hockey (72%) and the state of democracy in Canada.

“Men are significantly more likely than women (83% to 71%) to say that the health care system makes them proud,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “And while 90% of Ontarians are proud of the health care system, the rating plummets to 59% in Alberta and 58% in Quebec.”

More than half of Canadians say they are proud of multiculturalism (66%, including 73% in British Columbia), Indigenous culture (56%, including 63% in British Columbia) and bilingualism (55%, including 64% in Quebec).

The lowest ranked institutions and features included in this survey are the monarchy (47%), Parliament (45%) and the Canadian justice system (40%).

The monarchy has its highest rating in Alberta (57%) and its lowest in Quebec (22%). Parliament fares particularly poorly in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (31%), while fewer than three-in-ten British Columbians (27%) are proud of Canada’s justice system.

When the findings are compared to a similar online survey conducted in 2008, four institutions and features show the largest improvement on a Canada-wide basis: 

  • Parliament (from 32% in 2008 to 45% in 2019).
  • The state of democracy in Canada (from 57% in 2008 to 70% in 2019)
  • The Canadian economy (from 62% in 2008 to 80% in 2019).
  • The health care system (from 50% in 2008 to 77% in 2019).

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 31 to June 3, 2019, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
[c] 778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca