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Canadians apologize a lot, prefer chocolate-glazed Timbits: Forum Research poll

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 2018-07-01 Jenna Moon - Staff Reporter

What’s more Canadian than apologizing? Not much, it seems, according to a Forum Research poll.

According to the poll, 39 per cent of respondents said they apologize “at least daily,” with 18 per cent admitting they apologize hourly. Another 19 per cent apologize three to five times a week, and 17 per cent apologize just a few times per month. Six per cent say they never apologize. We even apologize when it’s not our fault, with one-third of respondents saying that they apologize often if someone else bumps into them on the street. Another quarter of respondents say they “always” apologize in that situation.

The great Timbit battle of 2018 found that Canadians preferred chocolate-glazed, according to Forum Research. © DARRYL DYCK The great Timbit battle of 2018 found that Canadians preferred chocolate-glazed, according to Forum Research.

The poll, in celebration of Canada Day, garnered responses from a random sampling of 1,574 Canadians on a range of questions from opinions on Canada’s best Timbit to trivia on its head of government.

So what is Canada’s most Canadian national symbol? Two-thirds said it is the maple leaf. However, one in 10 people believe it to be the beaver, or Mounties, respectively.

Canada’s most famous author is Margaret Atwood, Forum says, with a third of Canadians choosing Atwood over other authors, including Robert Munsch and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Almost nine in 10 Canadians have eaten a Timbit, Forum says, and it seems that chocolate glazed is the favourite amongst a quarter of doughnut eaters. Reactions seem mixed among those who don’t prefer chocolate, with honey dip and sour-cream glaze preferred by one-fifth of Canadians each. Closely following on the doughnut taste-scale are old fashioned plain and jelly filled, with about one in 10 Canadians preferring those flavours.

Despite increasingly negative attention between the two countries, half of those polled would say the U.S. is Canada’s closest ally. (Just over a third said our strongest ally is the U.K.)

About a third of Canadians were able to correctly identify New Brunswick as Canada’s only officially bilingual province, with most thinking that it is Quebec. One in 10 of those polled said that Ontario is.

Only 29 per cent could identify 1982 as the year the Constitution was amended to include the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; 39 per cent didn’t guess at all, saying they did not know.

“Canada Day is an exciting reminder that we live in the best country in the world,” said Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “So grab a maple leaf, eat a chocolate glaze, and apologize to someone you love for no particular reason, but one thing’s for sure … we never have to apologize for being Canadian.”

Jenna Moon is a general assignment reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @_jennamoon

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