Six in 10 Canadians would turn down seal meat

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A new poll suggests most Canadians would turn down a chance to dig into a plate of seal meat.

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found that about four in 10 would sample seal if they had the chance, but almost 60 per cent said no thanks.

Seal meat appeared on the lunch menu at the parliamentary restaurant last week, with MPs and senators sampling it.

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A new poll suggests most Canadians would turn down a chance to dig into a plate of seal meat.

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey found that about four in 10 would sample seal if they had the chance, but almost 60 per cent said no thanks.

Seal meat appeared on the lunch menu at the parliamentary restaurant last week, with MPs and senators sampling it.

Almost half the respondents in Atlantic Canada, Alberta and Quebec said they'd try seal.

Only one in three in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia would follow suit.

The poll, part of a weekly omnibus phone survey, contacted more than 1,000 people and is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

Men were much more likely (50 per cent) to try seal than women (29 per cent).

Pollster Doug Anderson said the findings suggest most people wouldn't have a problem with politicians dining on seal.

"While it's clearly not for everyone, there are many Canadians who would be willing to try seal meat themselves, if it were on the menu," he said.

"Assuming that some of those unwilling to try seal meat are nevertheless accepting that others eat it, the data suggest that serving it in the parliamentary restaurant is not a problem for many - perhaps most - Canadians."

Organizations: Canadian Press Harris-Decima

Geographic location: Ottawa, Atlantic Canada, Alberta Quebec Manitoba Saskatchewan British Columbia

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  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Wow!! 40% would eat seal meat... Given 40% would mean a majority from a Federal Government point of view that's a great number!!... As usual the press headline would have a negative slant...

  • Bern
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    May I please have their share

  • Woodswoman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    The poll should have also asked about other meats.

  • Tina
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I wouldn't eat seal meat, but that doesn't mean I don't support the hunt. I'm just not a big seafood eater, nor do I eat wild game. Just a personal preference.

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Wow!! 40% would eat seal meat... Given 40% would mean a majority from a Federal Government point of view that's a great number!!... As usual the press headline would have a negative slant...

  • Bern
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    May I please have their share

  • Woodswoman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    The poll should have also asked about other meats.

  • Tina
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I wouldn't eat seal meat, but that doesn't mean I don't support the hunt. I'm just not a big seafood eater, nor do I eat wild game. Just a personal preference.