In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1186 Canadians 18 years of age and older, opinion is split on whether the international community should intervene in the Syrian conflict (46%) or not (42%). A tenth have no opinion on the issue (12%). As for Canadian involvement in any intervention, one half disagree (50%), while fewer agree with the idea (41%). Again, one tenth have no opinion (9%). Support for international intervention is higher among males (54%), in mid-income groups ($60K to $80K – 54%), in Quebec (52%) and among Bloc Quebecois supporters (64% – caution, small base size). Support for Canadian involvement is higher among the youngest (45%) and the wealthier ($80K to $100K – 55%).
Three quarters of Canadians agree Parliament should be recalled to debate the issue of Syrian intervention (75%), while fewer than one fifth do not agree (19%). Just one twentieth are undecided on this issue (5%).
One half of Canadians agree that international intervention in the Syrian conflict will lead to negative effects on the global economy (51%), while just more than a third disagree (36%). More than a tenth have no opinion (13%).
Two thirds of Canadians agree oil prices will rise because of the Syrian conflict (66%) and this is especially the case in Ontario (72%). As a result, two thirds also agree the international community should take the economic factors into consideration when planning an intervention (63%).