Most Canadians support a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics because of China’s record of human rights abuses and many concerns for the safety of the athletes participating in the Olympics, according to a new poll.

According to a poll of Canadians conducted by the Vancouver-based Research Company, 56% of Canadians support boycotting the Olympics.

Research Co.’s president, Mario Canseco, said the poll results show that the Canadian public has not changed their negative views toward the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) so far.

Canseco told the Toronto Star that most people want to boycott the Olympics. But 56% of people said, let’s do something more meaningful.

The data indicates that 70% of Canadians are worried about the safety of the country’s athletes when traveling to China to compete in the Olympics.

Nearly three-quarters of Canadians (or 74%) think that athletes have the freedom to boycott the Olympics to protest China’s human rights abuses, and 71% believe that the International Olympic Committee should not punish those who speak out.

Ethnic Groups subject to human rights persecution by the CCP include Uighur Muslims, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, and pro-democracy Hong Kong activists.

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada would boycott the Olympics, Canadians responded in other ways to protest the CCP’s human rights abuses. At the same time, they expressed support for boycotting the Olympics. 

45% of respondents said they would refrain from watching the event’s broadcasts.

Canadian consumers are also protesting the CCP’s human rights abuses, which is reflected in actions such as 68% of Canadians claiming to check labels “all the time” or “most of the time” to see where the products they buy are made. If it’s Chinese, they won’t buy it.

A survey by Research Co. was conducted online from December 4—6 with 1,000 Canadian adults. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%

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