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Multiple polls show strong support for Morgentaler receiving Order of Canada

A lot of progressive and/or feminist blogs such as these ones were pointing out this poll done by Ipsos-Reid commissioned for Canwest Global which showed that 2/3 of Canadians polled supported giving Dr. Henry Morgentaler the Order of Canada. There has been a  very public outcry of some of the anti-abortion crowd and some of the media – specifically the Canwest newspapers and editorialists  – claiming that the letters and calls they received showed a lot of opposition to Dr. Morgentaler getting the Order of Canada.

Well,  Ipsos-Reid’s poll (ironically commissioned by CanWest) showed that not to be the case, and now another poll from Angus-Reid this morning has confirmed those findings – the silent majority of Canadians approves of Dr Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada:

The exclusive Angus Reid Strategies online poll done yesterday and Monday – a week after the Canada Day announcement – showed that, of the 1,016 Canadian adults surveyed, 60 per cent supported Morgentaler getting the honour while 29 per cent opposed it. Another 12 per cent weren’t sure. Asked whether Morgentaler was a hero to millions of Canadian women, 66 per cent said they agreed, 26 per cent disagreed and 9 per cent weren’t sure. The results don’t reflect what Morgentaler critics have called widespread national condemnation of the decision.

No kidding. This is just a very vocal minority that is very good at organizing letter campaigns and telephone calls and freeping online polls.  Here’s another interesting tidbit from this poll that shows there appear to be more fair-minded people about this on the other side of the divide then is represented by some of the Blogging Tories and the radical Religious Right up here:

..the survey did find that even people opposed to abortion supported his appointment. “There were a number of people who feel despite their views on abortion they support the appointment of Morgentaler”

Ouch. That and these poll results have  got to sting for those claiming that this appointment is “divisive” or that there is “massive opposition” to this.

One more thing: I posted a couple days ago a blogpost alluding to those radical right-wingers calling the Supreme Court and the Governor-General’s office and urged that others look up the 1-800 #’s and let them know there ARE some silent majority out here that aren’t so silent who support Dr. Morgentaler’s choice.  I didn’t directly post the #’s, but since Matt has at least posted the G-G’s office #, I’ll direct you to his blog to get that one, and I’d encourage you to call in to show your support for the pick of Dr. Morgentaler as an Order of Canada recipient.


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