The victory of the Parti Québécois in this year’s provincial election has not resulted in overwhelming support for sovereignty in Quebec, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of 805 adults in Quebec, only a third of respondents (32%) would vote Yes in a referendum on whether Quebec should become a country separate from Canada.

A majority of Quebecers (54%) would vote No on this particular question, and 14 per cent are undecided.

Support for sovereignty using this referendum question stands at 36 per cent among French speakers and 37 per cent among those aged 18-to-34.

Conversely, the groups that hold the highest opposition to Quebec separating from Canada are English speakers (93%) and Quebecers over the age of 55 (61%).

Across the province, more than a third of respondents (36%) think Quebec has enough sovereignty and should remain part of Canada, while 28 per cent believe Quebec needs greater sovereignty, but should still remain part of Canada. Only three-in-ten respondents (30%) think Quebec should be a separate, independent country.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From November 7 to November 8, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 800 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Quebec. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.