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Francophones split on trust of Parti Québécois, poll suggests

02/28/2014 05:30 EST | Updated 04/30/2014 05:59 EDT
One in three francophones in Quebec are angry with the Parti Quebecois government, new numbers from a CBC-Ekos poll suggest.

Thirty-three per cent of 1,009 francophones who participated in the survey looking at perceptions of anglophones and francophones agreed with the statement “I am angry with the PQ government.”

By comparison, 75 per cent of anglophones agreed with the same statement.

When it comes to trusting the PQ government, Quebec francophones are almost evenly split.

When asked if they agreed with the statement “I trust the PQ government,” 42 per cent of respondents said they did not.

The vast majority, 88 per cent, of anglophones disagreed. 

The CBC-commissioned poll is part of an exclusive two-week series, Stay or Go, that examines what is pushing people to think about leaving Quebec, what is keeping them in the province, and what hopes they have for their future in Quebec.

The poll found that more than half of the anglophone Quebecers surveyed had seriously considered leaving the province in the last year.

One in ten francophone Quebecers also said they had thought about leaving in the same poll.

Yesterday, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois addressed those results, saying she is not worried about an exodus from the province.

"I have great respect for the Anglo Quebecers. This community is important in my perspective," said Marois. "I have always had a great respect of this community and I will continue to as leader of the government."

Marois said she believes the Parti Québécois has always been respectful to the anglophone population and that anglophones are just as important as Quebec's other founding communities. 

About the survey

A total of 2,020 Quebec residents were interviewed by phone between Feb. 10 and 18, 2014, as part of this CBC-commissioned Ekos study. The margin of error for a sample of 2,020 is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Those surveyed included 782 anglophones (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points 95 per cent of the time), 1,009 francophones (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points 95 per cent of the time) and 223 allophones (with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percentage points 95 per cent of the time).

Anglophones are respondents who identified their mother tongue as English; francophones are people who identified their mother tongue as French; and allophones identified their mother tongue as "other."

Percentages for total respondents have been weighted to reflect linguistic population make-up of Quebec.

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