The table above shows a breakdown of Corporate Research Associates Atlantic poll results on the Senate.
A majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians would prefer to see the Senate abolished, according to a survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
The survey of 1,500 Atlantic Canadians, 18 years and older, showed 43 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador participants would prefer to abolish the Senate. Twenty-eight per cent of this province's survey respondents said there should be an elected senate, 16 per cent said there should be no changes and 12 per cent said they didn't know or had no answer.
Of all Atlantic provinces, the highest percentage in favour of abolishing the Senate was in Prince Edward Island, at 47 per cent. P.E.I. is the home province of Sen. Mike Duffy who has been embroiled in controversy over his Senate expenses.
Overall, among the Atlantic respondents, four in 10 (40 per cent) said they believe the Senate should be abolished, while three in 10 (30 per cent) are in favour of having an elected Senate. Two in 10 (19 per cent) believe the Senate should remain as is, while just over one in 10 (12 per cent) are not sure or do not offer an opinion.
“Perhaps not surprising given the recent Senate scandal, few Atlantic Canadians believe that the Senate should remain as it is,” said Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “A substantial minority prefer that the Senate be abolished. This is a message to the Senate underscoring the need for reform.”
Across the region, residents in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are most likely to favour the removal of the Senate, while Nova Scotia residents are equally likely to support having an elected Senate or abolishing the Senate.
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, based on a telephone sample of 1,500 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from Aug. 7 to Sept. 1, 2013. The overall results are said to be accurate to within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.