MTM Margin of Error

Margin of Error is a statistic expressing the amount of random sampling error in a survey’s results. For example, if a survey has a margin of error of ±2.5, 19 times out of 20, that means that if the same survey were conducted 20 times, 19 of those times would generate results with plus or minus 2.5% of the original finding. More specifically, if a survey found that 34% of Canadians ate cereal every morning, the margin of error would indicate that if that question was asked 20 times, 19 of those times would generate results between 31.5% and 36.5% (plus or minus 2.5 percentage points from 34).

Target Group Sample Size* Margin of Error
Total Canadians
Fall Only 8,000 ± 1.1%
Spring Only 4,000 ± 1.5%
Fall & Spring (combined) 12,000 ± 0.8%
Total Anglophones
Fall Only 4,000 ± 1.5%
Spring Only 2,000 ± 2.2%
Fall & Spring (combined) 6,000 ± 1.2%
Total Francophones
Fall Only 4,000 ± 1.5%
Spring Only 2,000 ± 2.2%
Fall & Spring (combined) 6,000 ± 1.2%
Regions - Combined Sample
Atlantic Provinces (Anglophones & Francophones) 663 ± 3.8%
Quebec (Anglophones & Francophones) 5,972 ± 1.3%
Ontario (Anglophones & Francophones) 3,073 ± 1.8%
Manitoba / Saskatchewan (Anglophones) 764 ± 3.5%
Alberta (Anglophones) 839 ± 3.4%
British Columbia (Anglophones) 1,134 ± 2.9%

*Actual number of interviews (unweighted numbers)