Sixty-five per cent of Canadians seem to agree with the Conservative government's belief that sex under age 16 is wrong which ranked fifth on a Leger Marketing survey of behaviour that Canadians consider immoral.
That belief was strongest in British Columbia, where 71 per cent of respondents said it was immoral, and weakest in Quebec, where 51 per cent agreed. Support was also stronger among women, at 68 per cent, than men, at 61 per cent.
Pedophilia was ranked the most unforgivable behaviour, considered immoral by 81 per cent of respondents. Extra-marital sex was second, condemned by 74 per cent of respondents. Womeen were more outraged than men about adultery, with 81 per cent declaring it taboo, compared to 68 per cent of men.
Prostitution was third considered immoral by 68 per cent of the 1,508 adults polled. Again, more women than men condemned prostitution, at 76 per cent compared to 59 per cent of men.
"We found that men are much more tolerant than women on most of these issues, except for abortion," said Christian Bourque, of Leger Marketing.
Thirty-four per cent of respondents disapproved of abortion, men at 35 per cent and women at 33.
The gap between the sexes was greatest on the issue of pornographic films, which 68 per cent of women considered wrong but only 46 per cent of men. Alcohol abuse, pornographic films, and blasphemy were condemned by more than 50 per cent of respondents.
Those were followed by abortion, which 34 per cent felt was immoral, and divorce, at 17 per cent.
Bourque said he was surprised that 31 per cent of respondents considered homosexuality immoral.
"That's a third of Canadians," he said. "This is one issue where still we haven't resolved our views collectively regarding homosexuality. We probably tolerate it much better now that we used to, but still I don't think we've resolved this issue in the country."
Contraception was last on the list, considered immoral by just eight per cent of those polled. The poll results have margin of error of plus of minus 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The Atlantic provinces were most conservative, with the highest percentages of respondents who considered prostitution, alcohol abuse, pornographic films, blasphemy, abortion, homosexuality, divorce and contraception immoral.
Respondents in Quebec and Alberta were the most tolerant of the behaviours put to them by pollsters.
Albertans had the lowest percentages when it came to prostitution, alcohol abuse, porn and contraception. Quebecers were the most tolerant of adultery, sex before 16, blasphemy, abortion and homosexuality.
I guess this shows the religious right, that Canadians do not care that much about bring back legislation against same-sex marriage and abortion.