July 09, 2008 06:00 ET

65% Support Dr. Morgentaler's Appointment To The Order Of Canada

Attention: Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ON--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - On the heels of the controversial appointment of abortion-rights activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada for his commitment to increased healthcare options for women, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted exclusively on behalf of CanWest News Service and Global National finds that two thirds (65%) of Canadians 'support' (27% strongly/37% somewhat) Dr. Morgentaler receiving Canada's highest honour.

Despite Prime Minister Harper's personal dissatisfaction with this decision and his subsequent comment that the Order of Canada should unite Canadians, it appears that he is in the minority, as only one in three (35%) Canadians 'oppose' (19% strongly/16% somewhat) Dr. Morgentaler being awarded the Order of Canada.

Support for Morgentaler's appointment varies by many key demographics:

Women (68%) are more likely than men (61%) to support Dr. Morgentaler's appointment to the Order of Canada.

Quebecers (72%) are most likely to support this appointment, followed by those living in Ontario (69%), British Columbia (61%), Alberta (54%), Atlantic Canada (52%) and Saskatchewan and Manitoba (51%).

Younger Canadians (70%), aged 18 to 34, are more likely than middle-aged Canadians (65%), 35 to 54, or older Canadians (59%) , 55 and older, to support this decision.

The full release is available at: http://www.ipsos-na.com/news/pressrelease.cfm?id=4001

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Contact Information

  • John Wright, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs
    Primary Phone: 416-324-2002
    E-mail: john.wright@ipsos.com