Those Aware of the Circumstances Tend to Feel Oda Should Resign

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The latest Canadian Press/Harris Decima survey asked about International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda

According to Senior Vice President Doug Anderson “Despite high profile media coverage of the issue for a number of days, one half of the population said they have not heard anything about Minister Oda altering a document. Among those aware of the issue, there is a clear tendency to feel the Minister should resign, but accounting for the level of awareness, this represents only one third of adult Canadians.”

 

  • Half of those surveyed have read, seen or heard news stories about International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda altering a document sent to her by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Nationally, 50% are aware of the story, while 50% are unaware. Awareness is highest outside of Quebec, among older Canadians and those with higher household incomes. 
  • Three in ten Canadians believe Ms. Oda should resign from Cabinet. Nationally, 32% expressed this view, while 10% believe Ms. Oda should stay in Cabinet. Less than one in ten (8%) who are aware of the story were unsure as to whether Ms. Oda should resign, while the remaining 50% were unaware of the story. 
  • Older Canadians and those with higher household incomes are more likely to want Ms. Oda to resign than their counterparts, although among these groups who are less likely to feel she should resign, overall awareness of the story is lower.
  • Roughly one in four Conservatives (27%) believes Ms. Oda should resign, while 18% feel she should stay. Among Liberals this split is 43%-7%. Other voting blocks including New Democrats (41%-6%), BQ voters (36%-3%), and Greens (28%-11%) are more likely to say she should resign, rather than stay on in Cabinet.
     

Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. The most recent data were gathered between February 17 and February 20, 2011. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.