Over half of Canadians say it’s too hard to access government information

Six in ten Canadians believe that the federal government has made it “deliberately and unnecessarily difficult for journalists and citizens to get information,” according to a new poll released by the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF). On the other hand, the survey also shows that four in 10 Canadians believe that the federal government has struck the right balance in restricting some FOI requests.

Seventy-one percent of respondents answered that they either strongly or somewhat agree that "journalists should have access to government information on request even though politicians say it is not in the national interest for them to do so."

The online poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of CJF, surveyed over 1,000 Canadians between November 18 and 21, 2011.

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