Supporters Of The Quebec Religious Symbols Ban Are Largely Older, Male & Less Educated, Poll Proves

The poll reveals what Canadians really think of Bill 21.
François Legault

Quebec's secularism law, known as Bill 21, is a heated topic these days; polarizing both camps of the impending legislation

Just days ago, opponents won a small victory with the possibility of leave to appeal the July 18 ruling that rejected a request to have the law suspended.

A Forum Research poll of 1,700 Canadians on what they think of Bill 21, meanwhile, shows that the majority of Canadians disapprove of the province's religious symbols law that bars certain public sector workers from wearing symbols like a hijab or turban.

But the same can't be said for Quebecers, where the majority of residents say they approve of the law. 

The poll revealed that 59% of Canadian voters disapprove of the law while 41% of Quebec voters in the same group approve and 26% strongly approve

Only 35% of Quebecers disapprove (as per Forum Research, "due to rounding not all numbers equal 100").

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Forum research took into account voters age/gender, education, salary, religion, voting intention, and region. So who exactly does approve of the law in Quebec?

AGE: Over 45 years old (46% of those are 45 to 54, 44% of 55 to 64, 45% of 65 and over)

GENDER: Males (45% of male respondents support the ban)

INCOME: earning $40k-$60k (43%) or $80k-$100k (45%),

EDUCATION: Some college or university education (46%), or secondary school or less (44%),

REGION: From Québec (64%)


On the flip side, those most likely to disapprove were broken down as such:

AGE: 18 to 34 years old (67%)

GENDER: Females (64%)

INCOME: Earning $60k-$80k (62%), or the most wealthy (64%)

EDUCATION: College/university (62%) or postgraduate degree (63%)

REGION: Atlantic Canada (76%)


According to a press release, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research said, “but in Québec? The majority approves. The provincial government gets elected by Québec voters, so given voters’ overwhelming support for the policy, it’s unlikely to be amended any time soon.”

This may not be good news to many Canadians.