A clear majority of Atlantic Canadians would like to see changes to the Senate, a poll released Tuesday suggests, and 40 per cent would like to see it abolished.

"Perhaps not surprising given the recent Senate scandal, few Atlantic Canadians believe that the Senate should remain as it is," said Corporate Research Associates CEO Don Mills.

"A substantial minority prefer that the Senate be abolished. This is a message to the Senate underscoring the need for reform."

In addition to the 40 per cent of Atlantic Canadians who would like to have the Senate done away with, the CRA poll found another 30 per cent would like to see an elected Senate.

Numbers varied somewhat from province to province, but the variance was within the margin of error of the poll. The poll for the region is considered to be accurate within 2.5 percentage points, 95 times out of 100.

Senate poll

Results for the region are considered accurate within 2.5 percentage points, for P.E.I. within 5.6 percentage points, and for the other provinces within 4.9 percentage points. (Corporate Research Associates)