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Canadian Porn Poll Reveals Huge Reluctance to Admit Porn Use

Canadian Porn Poll Reveals Huge Reluctance to Admit Porn Use

TORONTO, Canada—When even the firm conducting the phone survey of Canadian citizens feels compelled to repeatedly make the point that the poll results reveal an obvious refusal on the part of a majority of the respondents to answer honestly, you know you’ve hit a sweet spot in the nervous system of the populace.

What’s more, Canada.com, in its coverage yesterday of the results of the Forum Research survey of 1,624 Canadians about their use of and attitude toward pornography, was so struck by the obvious mendacity that it headlined the piece, “Only 1 in 8 Canadians admit to viewing porn in last year,” and opted for the clarifying sub-head, “As many as 7 in 8 Canadians are liars.”

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Lauren Strapagie opened the article with a slightly more generous take, writing, “One in eight Canadians admitted to Forum Research that they’ve viewed or purchased pornography in the past year, but a more realistic analysis may be that we don’t like sharing our naughty habits with an automated phone call.”

And Forum Research, unable to ignore the apparent, noted in its announcement of the results released in Toronto yesterday, “In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll among 1624 Canadians 18 years of age and older, one eighth admit to having purchased or viewed pornography in the past year (16%), while a further one quarter preferred not to answer (26%), which may stand as a proxy for admission of use. “

Even the founder and president of the Forum Research, Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D, was compelled to observe at the top of his personal statement on the survey’s results, "We pride ourselves as Canadians on our open-mindedness, but even with the anonymity guaranteed by the IVR survey method, it would appear there is substantial under-reporting of pornography use. While uncommon among females, certainly, it must be assumed that more than one quarter of Canadian males have encountered pornography in the past year.”

Unfortunately, this emphasis on the refusal of the respondents to answer honestly only worked to obscure the survey's results, which, as Canada.com notes, “Should probably be taken with a grain of salt since they only represent 169 (don’t giggle) people — 140 men and 29 women.”

But what does emerge is a patchwork of attitudes that reflect a diverse and politicized society. For instance, as Canada.com reports, “Of all those surveyed, including those who said they don’t watch porn, 52 per cent were in favor of laws requiring internet providers to block pornography or require an opt-in requirement. Again, Christian Conservatives were the mostly likely to favor these laws, as were women." In other words, most of the same people who said they didn't watch the stuff.

To be expected, generational differences were also a factor in how people answered. “A full half of respondents agreed that pornography is harmful to society, ranging from just 39 per cent for those age 18 to 34 all the way to 70 per cent among those age 65 or older,” wrote Strapagiel.

In the end, for Forum Research president Bozinoff, those results appear to pale beside the answers given by the porn-watchers who admitted they watched porn.

“What is interesting though,” he says, “is what those who claim to use pornography tell us about how they use it. Relatively frequently, so not a novelty item. Mostly alone, so probably not a sex aid, and always (or almost always) the same kind, so not a smorgasbord. Moreover, those who claim to use pornography resent any attempt by the state to interfere with their access. To users, this is an area where personal liberty trumps the concerns of the state.”






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Posted 08/06/2014 by alexanderborgia
Yikes, do you mean I could have been number 170 had I not hung up the phone on that day? The thing about this 'survey' that is completely omitted in the orginal article is that the average Canadian household receives incessant calls for surveys and Duck Clearing Services every day at. (Apparently there is a duck problem in Canada). On any given night, a person can receive up to five telephone calls from telemarketers. Included in there are the calls for surveys. Unless they are sitting around gazing in awe at your navel lint wondering what to do next, generally a person is more interested in what they are doing than sitting down to answer questions from a disembodied voice to create a useless number to be used as fodder for salacious filler on news sites. So right off the bat, the assumption is that the poll surveyed people who had nothing better to do. My take is that 10% of Canadians have nothing better to do on a Friday night than answer stupid surveys. Those are the ones who weren't watching porn when the call came, because I can assure you that if the caller ID says 'private number' or has some area code from another continent then I am not pausing my lesbian beauties to talk with some thickly accented dude about anything. It's just not going to happen. The other aspect to be considered is the same problem that the Shere-Hite report had; hardly anybody wants to admit their sexuality to themelves, let alone strangers. This is a statistics problem. The poll tells us one thing only. About 10% of Canadians will participate in a telephone survey related to human sexuality. It tells us nothing else. The answers to who watches porn hangs entirely on the definition of porn. Bill Clinton's opinions aside, most of what we watch on tv and in the movies is a form of pornography, so basically everyone watches porn whether the realize it or not. Is Orange is the New Black porn? What about Sex in the City? Anything in media that is designed to excite the audience sexually is porn whether there is nudity or not. Just my opinion though.
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