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Most of us are more worried about flooding than we were four years ago

The majority of Canadians are more concerned about flooding than they were four years ago, according to a recent poll.

Forum Research interviewed 1,733 Canadians to gather public opinion on the weather related issue and found 55 per cent expressed heightened anxiety over floods. Around 20 per cent said they were “much more concerned”.

Particular groups showed increased concern, including Canadians aged 18 to 34 (62 per cent), women (60 per cent) and university or college-educated people (60 per cent).

The survey found 62 percent of residents in Atlantic Canada and Ontario were worried, which were the highest levels of worry anywhere in the country. The poll also found that 71 per cent voters intending to support the Green Party in the upcoming federal election acknowledged they are more nervous about flooding now than they were in years past.

The survey collected additional responses regarding general views on flooding and found around three quarters are not worried about floods affecting their home or business.

Those who fell into this category included individuals with earnings from $40,000-$60,000 (75 per cent), $80,000 to $100,000 (74 per cent) and $100,000 to $250,000 (76 per cent).

In comparison, Canadians earning less than $20,000 (37 per cent) or between $20,000 and $40,000 (40 per cent) said they are concerned about floods impacting the state of their home or business.

Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research, said in a press release that high profile flooding incidents have been reported across the country and attributed increased concerns to this factor.

“Perhaps its no surprise that the majority of Canadians are saying they’re more concerned about flooding than they used to be,” he said. “And amongst those who are concerned about flooding in general? The least wealthy and the least educated, possibly because they are least able to bear flooding’s unforeseen costs.”