Poll suggests that Quebecers are in no mood for independence

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

Despite electing a separatist government just two months ago, it appears that Quebecers aren't that keen on becoming an independent country.

An Angus Reid poll released Wednesday suggested that only 32 per cent of the residents in la belle Provence would say yes to a clear referendum question that asked: "Do you agree that Quebec should become a country separate from Canada?"

Fifty-four per cent said that they want the province to stay in Canada while 14 per cent were undecided.

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Moreover, most of the federalists are happy with the status quo. Thirty-six per cent of those surveyed said Quebec has enough sovereignty, while 28 per cent believe the province needs greater sovereignty within the purview of a united country.

The results of the survey should be a wake-up call to premier Pauline Marois and her Parti Quebecois who continue to promote independence at every opportunity.

On election night, she made no bones about her intentions.

"I would like to talk to our friends and neighbours in Canada," she said during her victory speech. "As a nation we want to make the decisions about the things that are important for us. We want a country. And we will have it."

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And earlier this month, during her inaugural throne speech, she gave what Postmedia News called an "ode to Quebec independence."

"What do we want to do with our taxes — finance celebrations of the War of 1812, and the monarchy, or finance our culture and education?" Marois asked.

"Let's create a new country, a country in our image, a country for all."

As is evident by this poll at least, the premier still has a lot of people to convince about that.

The poll was conducted with 800 online participants between Nov. 7 and Nov. 8.  The margin of error — which measures sampling variability is plus or minus 3.5 per cent 19 times out of 20.