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Canadians are concerned about government surveillance

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A majority of Canadians are concerned about government surveillance but there is a stark difference between the political left and right

It is remarkable that today it is the political right that is most strongly opposed to surveillance. This was traditionally the purview of the left and civil libertarians.”
— Charlie Graves, President
TORONTO, CANADA, April 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Toronto, April 21, 2022

A majority of Canadians are concerned about government surveillance but there is a stark difference between the political left and right

Concern over government surveillance, all Canadians:
• Unconcerned: 20%
• Moderately concerned: 33%
• Highly concerned: 47%

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Survey reveals a surprising political split on government surveillance

Those on the political right are more than twice as likely to be highly concerned about government surveillance than those on the left.
Highly concerned about government surveillance:
• Left: 35%
• Centre: 48%
• Right: 76%

When asked in greater detail about various forms of government surveillance, opposition is weakest on the left and strongest on the right. The right is much more strongly opposed to a range of government surveillance measures than those on the left, and in some instances its opposition is more than 2 to 1 of the left.

Percentages saying government “definitely should not have the right.”
• Monitoring all emails and any other information exchanged on the internet: 72% vs. 56%
• Demand information about peoples’ finances from banks: 59% vs. 24%
• Collecting information about anyone living in this country without their knowledge: 53% vs. 40%
• Keeping people under video surveillance in public areas: 39% vs. 18%

Overall, a majority of Canadians are opposed to all these forms of government surveillance except public video surveillance (where a small majority support it).
Opposition to forms of government surveillance (definitely and probably should not have the right), all Canadians:
• Monitoring all emails and any other information exchanged on the internet: 83%
• Collecting information about anyone living in this country without their knowledge: 75%
• Demand information about peoples’ finances from banks: 70%
• Keeping people under video surveillance in public areas: 45%

These results are based on a sample of over 1,200 Canadians from our Modalis omnibus service. These results have an actual margin of error of +/- 2.8 per cent at a 95% confidence interval. The survey was conducted between March 1 and 18, 2022.
For full details on this release, please visit: https://modusresearch.com/canadians-concerned-about-surveillance
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