Pollara: 90% of Canadians Think it’s Important that Local Media Outlets Survive

79% agree that web giants should have to share revenue with Canadian media outlets


TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--News Media Canada released the results of a survey about Canadians’ views on the importance of local media. The survey found:

  • 90 per cent of Canadians believe it’s important that local media outlets survive.
  • 79 per cent of Canadians agree that web giants should have to share revenue with Canadian media outlets.
  • 80 per cent of Canadians support parliament passing a law that would let smaller outlets negotiate collectively with the web giants.

Federal Voting Intention

Important that
local media outlets
survive

Web giants should
have to share
revenue with
Canadian media
outlets

Parliament should
pass a law that
would let smaller
outlets negotiate
collectively with the
web giants

 

Liberal

96%

86%

88%

CPC

86%

71%

74%

NDP

94%

83%

84%

Bloc

92%

97%

94%

Green

97%

81%

88%

PPC

65%

61%

65%

Undecided

89%

73%

73%

"Canadians value their local news outlets, and they believe web giants should have to share some of their revenue with Canadian media outlets,” said Paul Deegan, president and chief executive officer of News Media Canada. Across partisan lines, Canadians believe Parliament should pass a law that would allow smaller outlets to negotiate collectively with web giants. It is time for parliamentarians to pass C-18, the Online News Act.”

“There is majority support for forcing web giants to share revenues with Canadian media outlets among survey respondents in both cities and rural communities, among both young and old, and across partisan lines.” said Dan Arnold, Chief Strategy Officer at Pollara. “This means that Canadians who consume their news in many different ways can all come together and agree on the importance of this issue.”

This survey was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, on behalf of News Media Canada, via an online survey of 1,500 adult Canadians conducted between May 20 to May 26, 2022. Data has been weighted by region, gender, and age based on the most recent census data, so as to be representative of all Canadians. The margin of error for a probability sample of this size is ± 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

About News Media Canada
News Media Canada is the voice of the print and digital news media industry in Canada and represents hundreds of trusted titles in every province and territory. News Media Canada is an advocate in public policy for daily and community media outlets and contributes to the ongoing evolution of the news media industry by raising awareness and promoting the benefits of news media across all platforms. For more information, visit our website at www.newsmediacanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Contacts

Paul Deegan, President and CEO
pdeegan@newsmediacanada.ca

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