Toronto Police Caving to Black Lives Matter Lacks Support - Poll
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders’ decision to accede to demands from the local chapter of Black Lives Matter is supported by only 21 percent of the city’s residents, according to a new Forum Poll released late last week.
In February, Saunders caved to pressure from Black Lives Matter (BLM) and agreed that Toronto Police would not participate in the 2017 Gay Pride Parade. At last year’s event, the police marched with a parade float, but the festivities came to an abrupt halt when BLM participants decided the presence of police made them feel intimidated.
Forum Research polled 966 Toronto voters and almost half (48 percent) disapprove of the Toronto Police chief’s decision not to participate in this year’s parade. Only 21 percent approve of the policy, 27 percent said they have not formed an opinion and four percent responded that they don’t know.
“That the Toronto police won’t have a float in this year’s pride parade is unpopular; in fact, almost fifty-percent of everyone over the age of 34 disapproves. That’s a really broad spectrum of Toronto residents who would prefer the police have a presence in this year’s parade,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.
The poll was conducted on March 8-10, 2017, with results being considered accurate plus or minus three percent, 19 times out of 20.