OTTAWA - Canadians are split on whether to support a
war in Iraq. A new poll suggests that 41 per cent of Canadians would
be against joining an attack.
find an issue that could possibly be any more polarized than this
particular issue," said Frank Graves of Ekos Research.
In a poll commissioned by the CBC, Toronto Star and La
Presse, Ekos spoke with 1,205 Canadians across the country on
The pollsters found that support for military action in Iraq
among those polled was 40 per cent.
Not only are Canadians
as a whole divided on the issue, they are also divided by region.
The pollsters found "quite striking differences across different
the regions," Graves said.
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Support for war is lowest in Quebec, where 23 per cent of those
polled would support an attack.
Albertans, the poll suggests, would be much more willing to go to
war, with 57 per cent showing support.
"This is bound to be an issue which is going to generate a lot of
controversy, probably more heat than light, and one that's going to
be very difficult for the government to find a centre path," said
Ekos pollsters also asked what Canadians think of this country's
relationship with the United States.
Of those polled, 65 per cent said the White House has no business
telling Canada how much money to spend on defence.
And just over half, 52 per cent, said they thought relations
between the countries have deteriorated in the past year.
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Asked whether U.S. President George Bush or Iraq's Saddam Hussein
posed the greatest threat to world security and peace, 65 per cent
voted for Saddam.
"Although it's somewhat comforting to know that Canadians think
Saddam Hussein is a greater threat," said Graves, "there were
sizeable minorities, almost 40 per cent of Canadians, who thought
George W. Bush was a more dangerous threat to world security."
The survey's national results are considered accurate within 2.8
percentage points 19 times out of 20.
Written by CBC News Online staff