More than 10% of Canadians Do Not Believe Pedophilia Immoral

Mon Jun 12, 2006 - 12:15 pm EST

By Gudrun Schultz and John-Henry Westen

MONTREAL, Quebec, June 12, 2006 ( - Leger Marketing conducted a telephone poll of 1,508 Canadian adults between April 17 and April 23. The poll results, with a margin of error of ±2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, have found that an alarming 11% of Canadians do not consider pedophilia immoral.

The question was in no way slanted. Respondents were asked: “Do you consider the following behaviour as immoral?” and to “pedophilia” 81% responded ‘yes’, 11% ‘no’, and 8% did not know or refused to respond.

Pedophilia did, however, rank as most immoral of the items in the poll. Second on the list were extra-marital affairs. 74% of respondents listed marital infidelity as immoral, while 23% did not believe it immoral. Interestingly, only 17% of respondents said they considered divorce to be immoral, with 78% not considering it such.

Prostitution was ranked third, with 68% indicating they considered it to be immoral, and 29% not.

Over two-thirds of respondents said they believed underage sexual relations were immoral, with 65% of those questioned saying sexual relations before age 16 were wrong, with 31% not considering it immoral. Alcohol abuse was givenÂa similar ranking as under-age sex, with 65% saying it was immoral and 33% not.

Women condemned child abuse, marital infidelity, prostitution and under-age sex more strongly than men, ranging from a difference of 6 to 13 percentage points.

Men, however, responded more strongly against abortion, with 35% saying it was immoral. Women were not far behind, with 33% indicating they believed abortion to be wrong. Abortion was considered immoral by just over a third of those polled, at 34%, with 60% considering it not immoral.

On the question of homosexuality, as well, men responded more strongly than women. 37% of men said they believed homosexuality was immoral, compared to 26% of women. One-third of respondents (31%) said homosexuality was immoral, while 63% believed it not to be so.

58% of respondents said pornographic films were immoral, with significantly more women responding (68%) than men (46%), the greatest gap between male and female responses in the poll.

Blasphemy was seen to be immoral by more than half of respondents, with 51% saying they considered it to be immoral, markedly higher than the results for abortion, homosexuality, divorce or contraception. Again, men responded less, with 45%, over 57% of women.

Only 8% of those questioned said contraception was immoral, with slightly more men than women responding. On the question of divorce, more men than women said divorce was immoral, with 19% for men and 16% for women.

The poll results are published online in incomplete form. contacted Leger Marketing to obtain fuller details on the poll, which are presented in this article.

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