NEW NATIONAL POLL: Among 13,000+ Respondents 56% Oppose Morgentaler Order of Canada

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - A random telephone poll of Canadian households
with 13,324 respondents conducted between July 17-21, 2008 has revealed that
55.8% of Canadians oppose the awarding of the Order of Canada to abortionist
Henry Morgentaler.
    The national poll commissioned by Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) and just
completed, by KLRVU polling has a 95% confidence level and a margin of error
of 1.5%. The data is accurate 19 times out of 20. A breakdown of votes by
province is provided.
    Beginning with a wave on the east coast of Newfoundland, ebbing slightly
in Quebec and then continuing with a surge in Ontario right to the west
coast-the tide of opinion against awarding abortionist Henry Morgentaler has
risen, dramatically.
    "Whatever side of the abortion debate you are on, many Canadians from all
walks of life felt this appointment went way too far and offended too many,"
said Jim Hughes National President of CLC. "The mass media coverage of the
Morgentaler award has given us the largest abortion debate this country has
seen in twenty years, and Canadians when they are forced to think about
abortion realize it is horrible."
    In every region of the country opinion has soured considerably. Ontario
is now 58 percent against honoring the infamous abortionist, with the prairies
and the Atlantic provinces having two thirds of its citizens against. Even in
Quebec support for Morgentaler has dropped to 53 percent.
    "Clearly the waves of offended Canadians speaking out have had an
impact," says Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National Organizer. "When a former
Lieutenant Governor speaks out and returns his 'Snowflake', disavowing himself
from the Order, undoubtedly that is going to have an effect."
    Opinion has become the most negative in the Atlantic with Nova Scotia
leading the way at 68 percent against. The substantial size of the sample
gives some unique insights into the regions. For instance over 400 people were
surveyed in Newfoundland alone, even the territories were sampled. With over
13,000+ participants, this survey speaks definitively on the opinion within
the country.

    Provincial % of No's

    Province    BC   AB   SK   MB   ON   QC   NB   NS   PEI   NL  NWT/NT  YK
    Percent     55%  64%  65%  66%  58%  47%  62%  68%  67%   64%   57%   57%

    The Question
    "Do you believe abortionist Henry Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada
Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No"

                         A French script was used for the province of Quebec.

    The extensive scientific poll called 157,115 Canadian households,
yielding over 13,000 respondents and the results were weighted in regional
proportions. Results have a margin of error of +/- 1.5%, 19 times out of 20.
The subgroups may have larger margins of error based on concentration of
population. The Targeted Population was Canadian households, respondents were
a result of households that were selected at random, using a random algorithm
provided by INFOLIST Canada, of Toronto, ON. Responses were weighted according
to geographical area, so that the sample would reflect the actual demographic
proportions in the population, using most recent Statistics Canada estimates.
    How this poll was conducted: This KLRVU poll was conducted by touchtone
technology which polls households across Canada. Using this technology with
the voice of a professional announcer all respondents heard the questions
asked identically. In theory, with the stated sample size, one can say with
95% certainty that the results would not vary by more than the stated margin
of sampling error, in one direction or the other. There are other possible
sources of error in all surveys that may be more serious than theoretical
calculations of sampling error. These include refusals to be interviewed,
question wording and question order, weighting by demographic control data and
the manner in which respondents are filtered (such as, determining who is a
likely participant). It is difficult to quantify the errors that may result
from these factors.
    Fieldwork for this survey was done by KLRVU Research of Winnipeg, MB.

    About KLRVU Research

    Based in Winnipeg, KLRVU Research is a privately owned polling company
working with private firms since 2006 providing research services. Core
services include research, data collection and macro polling services.

    Campaign Life Coalition, together with many other organizations, will
continue to urge Canadians to call the Governor General's office and insist
that the award be revoked.

For further information:

For further information: on the results of this survey, call: Media
Contact: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National Organizer, (613) 389-4472;
Marie-Christine Houle, CLC Toronto, (cell) (519) 569-0369; KLRVU Research,
Winnipeg, (204) 999-7446

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