03/13/2014 05:37 EDT | Updated 05/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Most Vote Compass respondents oppose independent Quebec

Most participants in CBC's Vote Compass say they somewhat or strongly disagree with holding a referendum on the independence of Quebec.

The findings are based on the responses of 72,094 Vote Compass participants between March 5 and March 8. The data have been weighted using the latest population estimates, so as to be a true representation of opinion during that period.

Most respondents — across all age groups — said they somewhat or strongly disagree with holding a referendum on the independence of Quebec in the next five years. 

A referendum was least popular among middle-aged respondents — 54 per cent of people aged between 35 and 54 said they strongly disagreed with holding a referendum in the next five years. Only 11 per cent of respondents in that age group strongly agreed with holding a referendum. 

Most respondents also said they strongly disagreed with Quebec becoming independent. People aged between 35 and 54 were the most strongly opposed — 47 per cent of respondents in that age group said they strongly disagreed with the statement that "Quebec should become an independent state." Eighteen per cent of people in that same group strongly agreed with that statement. 

Older people were the most likely to strongly support Quebec sovereignty — 23 per cent of respondents aged 55 and older strongly agreed that Quebec should become an independent state.

Vote Compass respondents divided on leaders

CBC's online questionnaire also asked respondents to weigh in on their favourite leaders.

QuébecSolidaireco-spokesperson Françoise David came out on top as the highest-rated leader overall.

She was the most popular among youth and middle-aged respondents.

 Older respondents preferred the leader of the Parti Québécois, Pauline Marois.

When it comes to hot-button election issues, all groups agreed that the economy was the most important topic, followed by health care.

Health care was more important for older respondents than for young people, who also ranked education and the environment as among the most important issues in the 2014 Quebec election. 

To participate in Vote Compass and find out where you fall on Quebec's political spectrum, visit it here.