Canadians Agree Torture Isn't Effective – Canada Should Not Use Intelligence Gleaned from Torture

February 13, 2017

In the first national wave of the Campaign Research Poll, a randomly sampled, representative telephone survey conducted among 1,457 Canadian voters, more than 7 in 10 Canadians agree torture is not an effective means of getting information (71%). This is especially characteristic of females (77%) rather than males (65%); the oldest (65+ -75%); in Quebec (83%); in mid-income groups($60k to 80k -75%); and among New Democrats (88%). Fewer than one fifth agree torture is effective for intelligence gathering (19%) and these are especially likely to be males (26%); the youngest (under 35 - 26%); in the Prairies (23%); among the weariest ($100k to 250k - 28%); and among Conservatives (32%). One tenth do not know whether torture is effective or not (10%).


Six in ten Canadians agree Canada should not use intelligence from the United States if it was gained through torture (60%), while just more than a quarter think we should use it (26%). Just more than a tenth don't offer an opinion (13%). Disavowing intelligence gleaned through torture is common to females (69%) rather than males (51%); the oldest (65+ – 69%); in Quebec 70%); among the wealthier ($80k to $100k – 70%); and among Greens (74%), Liberals (75%) and New Democrats (76%). Agreeing that Canada should be able to use this type of intelligence is characteristic of males (38%); younger age groups (35 to 44 –31%); in Ontario (28%), the Prairies (29%) and Alberta (30%); among the wealthiest ($100k to 250k – 39%); among Conservatives (48%). 


"Canadians will have very opinions on the subject of torture, and see it as neither effective nor as a source for useful intelligence. It really only has any currency in the west among Conservative voters," said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research.



This poll was conducted between February 3 and 6, 2017, among a randomly selected sample of 1,457 Canadian voters. The poll was conducted by Interactive Voice response (IVR) and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, 19 times out of 20. 



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