A recent poll found that nearly half of Canadians say their pride in being Canadian has changed over the past five years, and half say it has either decreased or increased.
The poll, conducted exclusively for Global News by Ipsos PR, asked 1,000 people over the age of 18 about their feelings about Canada as July 1 approaches.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported no change in their pride levels, while 42 percent of those surveyed said their pride toward Canada had changed, according to Ipsos. Of these, 21% said they were more proud than they were five years ago, and another 21% said they were less proud than they were five years ago.
Younger Canadians were more likely than older Canadians to feel less proud, with about a quarter of millennials more likely than about a sixth of baby boomers to feel less proud. .
“The longer you live in Canada, the more likely your attitudes and beliefs will become more entrenched, and the less likely circumstances will affect your beliefs and pride,” said Sean Simpson, Vice President of Ipsos. said in an interview.
“Millennials and Generation Z will be much more likely to re-examine Canadian identity and their relationship to Canada. Baby boomers are much more likely to maintain the status quo.”
Simpson said that while the number of people more or less proud to be Canadian is split, the different generations react differently, “obscuring the real story.”
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Respondents were asked about their pride in their country, as well as how they planned to celebrate Canada Day compared to five years ago.
About half of Canadians said their plans remain unchanged and they plan to attend festivals, parties and other events, while 57% said they would raise the flag, while the remaining 45% were mixed. Respondents can choose multiple ways they plan to celebrate.
When it comes to attending a party or event, or waving the flag, about a quarter said they were more likely to do so than they were five years ago, while nearly the same number said they were less likely to do so. bottom.
While some polls seem contradictory, such as one in three Gen Z or millennials likely to attend a Canada Day celebration, Simpson said this He said it could be a result of young people wanting to get out and socialize. Fireworks may not be the only thing. He said that could include attending indigenous talks and learning more about Canadian history.
“Even if they’re more likely to attend these events, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re attending in the same way,” he said. “Given some of the data we are seeing here, the nature of those activities is changing as well.”
There are age, gender, and educational disparities in Indigenous history education.
Four in 10 Canadians say they are more likely to learn about the history of their country’s Indigenous peoples than they were five years ago. Women and college graduates were more motivated than men and high school graduates.
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Millennials and Generation Z are particularly likely to want to learn, with nearly half saying they want to, and about 32 percent of baby boomers showing similar interest. About half of Generation X and baby boomers said they were no more likely to learn about indigenous history than they were five years ago.
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“I think the boarding school crisis has made the mainstream public aware that most Canadians have a big blind spot in terms of Aboriginal history and the impact that settlers had on Aboriginal peoples,” Simpson said. said. “And I believe that in that hope, the journey towards reconciliation, the first step is understanding.”
Still, most people said they were willing to talk to non-Canadians, and just over one in three said they were more likely to do so than they were five years ago. Only 14% said they were less likely to say the same thing.
“Canada has all sorts of problems and we are becoming more aligned with them, so I think part of that is defense mechanisms,” Simpson suggested. “And yet we are still a very good nation. There is a lot, a lot, a lot of good things happening here. We are a welcoming nation. We are an inclusive nation, and more and more I think it’s a country that is trying to improve itself.”
These are some of the results of a poll conducted by Ipsos on 19-20 June 2023, commissioned by Global News. For this study, a sample of 1,000 Canadians aged 18 and over were interviewed. Allocations and weightings were employed to ensure that the composition of the sample reflected the composition of the Canadian population according to census parameters. Accuracy of Ipsos online polls is measured using confidence intervals. In this case, when polling all Canadians over the age of 18, the accuracy of the poll was within ±3.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Confidence intervals are widened across subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls are subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage errors and measurement errors.
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