Survey Results Of Canadian Attitudes On Israel/Palestine

I have long maintained that while all 3 major parties express support for Israel among the Liberal and NDP that support runs only as deep as the official leadership as opposed to strong support for Israel among the rank and file of the Conservative party. This survey seems to bolster that assumption. Note the survey was commissioned by IJV – Independent Jewicidal Voices but conducted by EKOS.

The poll’s major finding supports my contention:

The poll found that far more Canadians had a negative (46%) than a positive (28%) opinion of the Israeli government. This was particularly true of Liberal Party supporters (55% vs 22%); NDPers (61% vs 7%); Greens (58% vs 5%); and Bloc Quebecois supporters (78% vs 10%). Only Conservative Party supporters tended to have more positive than negative opinions of the Israeli government (21% vs 58%).

You can read the whole thing here.

  • Alain

    With the exception of the hard-core Left and anti-Semites, I wager that the majority of those with negative views of Israel owe those views to the content negative reporting by the MSM. The MSM carry a lot of responsibility for this.

    • I blame the CBC.

      • Abu Nudnik

        Who was that guy, Neil McDonald? He was so obsessed with Israel-hate that he could work it into a story on parking in Ottawa.

        • David Murrell

          McDonalds got promoted to senior correspondent, by the notorious anti-Jewish bigot, then-CBC head Tony Burman. MacDonald got where he was given his anti-Semitic views.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I can’t believe he is Norm MacDonald’s brother.
            (He is.)

      • Alain

        I honestly cannot ever recall any news including Israel that was not spun in a negative light coming from the Canadian MSM, especially the CBC.

  • The Butterfly

    I’m so embarrassed of my country.

  • Richard K

    The pathological headcases at Independent Jewish Voices are probably too stupid or deranged to recognize the implications of the survey they commissioned. I’d note the report they issued was written by hard-core anti-Israel fanatics, the principal author was 9/11 conspiracy nut Diana Ralph.

    It’s also very easy to skew poll results by asking questions in a particular manner.

    The asked the question about whether “criticism of Israeli government policy is necessarily antisemitic” and naturally the bulk of respondents said it was not. I can’t think of any pro-Israel person who would suggest that criticism of the Israeli government policy is NECESSARILY antisemitic. So what those sleazy headcases will likely do is conflate that response with approbation of their actual antisemitic calls for boycotts and delegitimization of Israel as a country, and their antisemitic slanders of it as an “apartheid” state.

    The fact that most people agreed Canada’s government was more pro-Israel than pro-Palestine doesn’t mean people don’t want it to be pro-Israel. I think almost all Canadians would agree Canada’s government is more pro-US than pro-North Korea, but that doesn’t mean people view that as a negative thing.

    With the unending media campaign against Israel’s government by the CBC, Toronto Star, etc, it’s actually surprising even more people didn’t have a negative view of Israel’s government. But the results don’t mean what the Independent Jewish Voices crazies think it means. It was a comment on Netanyahu’s government. More Canadians have a negative view of Donald Trump than they do about the US as a country. It doesn’t mean all Canadians are anti-American.

    Bottom line is that those nutjobs think they’ve discovered something revolutionary about Canadian attitudes. But as usual, they are just jerking off to their own cognitive dissonance.

  • Waffle

    Unmitigated b.s. masquerading as a legitimate poll. Read the “Methodology”.

    Online polls are highly suspect at the best of times. Who and why wastes their time filling out biased questions anyway?

    You sort of have to feel sorry for the likes of Frank Graves and his fellow pollsters who are withering on the vine as we speak. The hayday of polling is over. Gone. Finished. So who can blame them for whoring themselves out to pay the rent and maintain their cushy offices?

    And please, is there anyone out there who takes Diana Ralph seriously?

    • Lots of room for error no question.

    • Abu Nudnik

      The answer is that the people who want to influence opinion answer the online poll questions. All self-reporting is suspect. A relative, an academic, told me once that self-reporting on visits to art galleries were off by 20x and how many books have you read off by 10x.

      • Reader

        But they were certainly right about Hillary winning!

  • Abu Nudnik

    Not surprised.

  • LairdKintyre

    I found the Bloc Quebecois results the most surprising. 78% negative. Though I first got the message what that party was about in 2006 when Harper had his free vote on same sex marriage. Bloc voted for it. I thought these guys were supposed to be Catholic. Then again, they were against helping France in WWII also.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The Quebecois are the most secular population in Canada. That whole “Quebec is Catholic” stereotype has not been true for over 50 years. But some cling to their stereotypes……

      • FactsWillOut

        I heard more church bells ringing in Montreal than I ever did in Vancouver, or anywhere in the lower mainland, or in Toronto.

        Marie is still the most common 1st name for women.
        Joseph is still the most common 1st name for men.

        • Alain

          Church bells ringing means nothing when if you look inside you will find very few people attending.

      • Alain

        Yes, and I might add that Quebec political parties are the most socialist/statist one can find. Socialism however requires other people’s money, and Quebec gets it from the West and therefore march blindly on.

    • Clausewitz

      After the Quiet Revolution in Quebec support for the Catholic Church along with the birth rate crashed severely. Now the province is nothing more than an extortion scheme on the rest of Canada.

  • If these results really do reflect most Canadians’ views on Israel, then Stephane Dion did not misspeak when he said that Canada is no longer Israel’s “special friend”.

    Did those who participated in the poll ask themselves why they responded the way they did?

    • Clausewitz

      They probably just pulled their polling population from Toronto and Mississauga. No need to pay for long distance charges when they verify the findings. They did verify right, you know like standard operating parameters?

      • I really believe that most polls favourable towards Trudeau come from that region.

  • bob e

    Characture Sooo Funny. U izz da’ man boss ..

  • FactsWillOut

    I too have a negative opinion of the Israeli government:

    1. They allow the serpent’s nest which is Gaza to continue to exist, resulting in frequent attacks on Israeli citizens.
    2. They always whine “international law this, UN that”, etc, basically giving credence and support to globalism.

    Also, geopolitically, it is in Israel’s interest to weaken Iran, as Iran poses an existential threat to them, while it is our interest to weaken the Saudis, as they are the biggest exporter of terrorism and Islam in general.
    It is not the west’s job to further the geopolitical goals of Israel.
    Israel has nukes, she should use them, ie shit or get of the pot.

  • marty_p

    Toronto Star Op Ed – If Canada doesn’t get a seat on UN Security Council -it’s because of the Liberals pro Israel stance.

    I just about choked on my morning coffee when I read the nonsense…and up until today, I thought Heather Mallick was the Star’s biggest idiot now that Haroon is for the most part gone…

    • Alain

      “The Liberals pro Israel stance”! That is one big whopper and I am not talking about hamburgers.

    • Was it Beland Honderich or Beland Hitler?

  • A Hamilton Guy

    If I wasn`t Catholic I`d be Jewish!