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Majority of Canadians Want Shaw Acquisition Blocked

[Ottawa – May 31, 2022] A strong majority of Canadians want to see Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw blocked – either by the Competition Bureau or by the federal government. Six in ten Canadians (58.5%) Canadians said they support the Competition Bureau’s effort to stop Rogers from acquiring Shaw.

That said, support is significantly higher among respondents living in Ontario (64.5%), British Columbia (64.2%), and Alberta (62.7%). Support is high among both men and women, and while respondents of all age groups support the Competition Bureau’s attempt to block Rogers from acquiring Shaw, support is highest among Canadians between the ages of 35 and 49 (61.7%) and those under the age of 35 (60.3%).

Another notable observation is that supporters of all federal political parties significantly support the Competition Bureau.

The survey also found that just under 61% of Canadians said that they support the federal government and cabinet rejecting the CRTC’s decision and blocking the acquisition of Shaw by Rogers.

We find similar patterns with the previous question, where support for the federal government potentially blocking is highest in Alberta (68.5%), British Columbia (66.4%), and Ontario (66.0%). Moreover, support is over 60% among both men and women and Canadians of all age cohorts.

Methodology:

This survey was conducted using High Definition Interactive Voice Response (HD-IVR™) technology, which allows respondents to enter their preferences by punching the keypad on their phone, rather than telling them to an operator. In an effort to reduce the coverage bias of landline only RDD, we created a dual landline/cell phone RDD sampling frame for this research. As a result, we are able to reach those with a landline and cell phone, as well as cell phone only households and landline only households.

The field dates for this survey are May 13-16, 2022. In total, a random sample of 1,020 Canadians aged 18 and over responded to the survey. The margin of error associated with the total sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Please note that the margin of error increases when the results are sub-divided (i.e., error margins for sub-groups such as region, sex, age, education). All the data have been statistically weighted by age, gender, and region to ensure the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual population of Canada according to Census data.

This study was sponsored by The Gandalf Group.

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Please click here for a copy of the questionnaire that was used for this survey.

Please click here for a copy of the data tables for this survey.

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