A proposal to modify the name of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP) is supported by a plurality of Canadians and three-in-five NDP supporters, a new Toronto Star / Angus Reid poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample, 45 per cent of Canadians support the idea of removing the word "New" from the NDP's name so that it becomes the Democratic Party. One-in-five (20%) are opposed, and more than a third (35%) are undecided.
Among respondents who voted for the NDP in the October 2008 federal election, 59 per cent are open to the name change, while 23 per cent are opposed, and 18 per cent are not sure.
It has also been suggested that the provincial NDP parties, which operate from Newfoundland to British Columbia with the exception of Quebec, change their name to Democratic Party.
If the federal NDP does change its name, 62 per cent of Canadians—and 75 per cent of federal NDP supporters—would like to see the provincial NDP parties using the new moniker.
A very significant gap with NDP supporters in particular, almost 3 to 1.