04/04/2013 11:17 EDT | Updated 06/04/2013 05:12 EDT

EI reforms get 40% Atlantic Canadian support: poll

A strong minority of Atlantic Canadians support recent changes made to employment insurance, a recent poll by Corporate Research Associates has found.

The poll found 40 per cent of Atlantic Canadians either completely or mostly supported the change, while 55 per cent were completely or mostly opposed. Four per cent did not offer an opinion.

The changes require that EI recipients broaden their work search, both in the type of employment and in how far they are willing to commute to work. In many areas of the country the number of weeks recipients can receive benefits has also been cut.

Opposition tends to increase with age, the poll finds. Geographically, people appear to be least opposed in Nova Scotia and most opposed on Prince Edward Island.

CRA interviewed 1,501 people between Feb. 7 and March 13. The poll is considered accurate within 2.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.