As the year 2005 began, courts in one territory and seven provinces have ruled that SSM is legal. Same-sex couples can marry in every province in Canada except for Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The three provinces and two territories where same-sex couples cannot marry yet are home to about 13% of the Canadian population.
2005-FEB-07 to 09: EKOS Research Associates:
EKOS Marketing conducted a phone interview among 1,056 Canadian adults on behalf of the Toronto Star newspaper. The margin of error is stated to be 3 percentage points. The poll was taken after bill C-38 "Civil Marriage Act" was introduced to Parliament, and at about the time that controversy over SSM was beginning to die down in the media for a temporary lull.
In the past, SSM was only a theoretical possibility. Now it is an actuality in almost all of Canada, and a bill is before Parliament to make it universally available. Many people are thinking about and intensely discussing SSM. Opinions are beginning to shift.
The main question was: "Do you support or oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry." Nationally, the results were:
An alternative way of expressing this same data is:
These data represent a remarkable shift in favor of SSM when compared to previous year's polls.
Frank Graves, president of Ekos, said: "It's obviously an issue that's divisive, that a lot of people care passionately about. But frankly, I don't think there's any case to be made that this issue is a real deal-breaker for the Liberals in terms of their prospects for forming government the next time. In fact, looking at the overall trends and the way this is playing out, it's more likely to be a mild positive than a negative." He noted that the popularity of the Liberals has risen during the SSM debate. He also noted that more Canadians agree that SSM is "part of a positive evolutionary process" rather than something that would have "serious consequences for society." 1
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