Poll Position: Canadians Support Plastic Bag Ban
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Poll Position: Canadians Support Plastic Bag Ban

National survey reveals many of us are perfectly fine doing away with single-use plastic shopping bags.


Some Canadian towns have prohibited all retail stores from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout (shopping) bags, urging customers to bring their own bags or boxes instead. Would you support or oppose banning plastic shopping bags in your own city or town?

Support: 58%

Oppose: 39%

Not sure: 3%

Support for a ban from…

Ontarians: 54%

Albertans: 62%

Male: 52%

Female: 64%

Ages 18–34: 64%

55 and over: 55%

Poll taken: June 5–7, 2012
Sample size: 1,019
Margin of Error: +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20
Methodology: Demographically weighted online survey
Conducted by: Angus Reid

NOTES: As Torontonians continue to process city council’s surprise decision last week to ban plastic bags, a new national survey measuring public opinion on the subject has just been released. Though many here greeted City Hall’s decision with consternation, it seems Canadians as a whole have council’s back on this one.

Complete poll results are available from Angus Reid [PDF].

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