Poll: Canadians (89%) Say Children Should Be Raised by Parents or Heterosexual



By Gudrun Schultz

  MONTREAL, Quebec, December 7, 2006 ( - Canadians are unanimous that the right of children to be raised by their own father and mother should be protected in Canada, a new study has shown, with 89 percent saying they agreed “strongly” or “very strongly” that a child has a right to be cared for by his or her parents.

  The poll was conducted last week to help identify how strongly Canadians (and Quebecers) feel about children’s rights in comparison to homosexual couples’ claim of adoption rights.

  Sixty-two percent of Canadians (and 64 percent of Quebecers) agreed marriage should remain between a man and a woman in order to protect the rights of the child, with legal recognition for homosexual unions.

  Two-thirds of Canadians would oppose homosexual marriage and unrestricted homosexual adoption, the poll found. 17 percent would support same-sex civil unions, but no adoption rights, and 21 percent would support civil unions and restricted adoption rights, only in cases where there was no married heterosexual couple available to adopt the child.

  One quarter of Canadians oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples, both marriage and civil unions, and oppose adoption rights for homosexual couples.

  Only 30 percent of Canadians would support full marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. (Quebec participants rated unrestricted marriage and adoption rights significantly lower, at just 22 percent.)

  Seventy-three percent of Canadians said government should defend a child’s right to be cared for by their natural parents “strongly” or “very strongly”. (In Quebec that number was significantly higher at 83 percent.)

  Only 17 percent said the government should defend that right “moderately”, and just 10 percent said “not at all.”

  Canadians also indicated that they want their MPs  to vote in favour of the government’s motion to review  the same sex marriage law, with consideration for the law’s consequences on children’s rights and the goal of improving the law if applicable.

  Thirty-one percent said their opinion of their MP would be “worse” or “much worse” if they decide to vote against the motion.

  The survey was conducted by Montreal’s MBA Research, between December 1-5, 2006. The poll questioned 1009 Canadians aged 18 and over, with an additional 263 participants surveyed from Quebec.

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