Majority of Canadian Women Sour on Sexual Revolution

Faith in Canada 150


OTTAWA – Newly released poll results suggest most Canadian women think the country has become too sexually open. Fully 60% of women overall say Canadian society is “too sexually open” today. Conversely, men are more likely to says society was “too sexually repressed” in the past.

“Canadian women have lived through enough broken relationships and casual hook-ups to see that today’s sexual openness isn’t all its cracked up to be,” said Andrea Mrozek, a Cardus program director. And Canadians over age 45 lean toward the conservative side too.

“This poll gives a pretty clear indication that the parents of teenagers and aging boomers are nervous about society’s direction in an age of Tinder, easily accessed online pornography, and personal lives put on full display through social media for all the world to see,” said Mrozek.

The pollster also broke down the numbers by religiosity – from “non-believers” who take a negative view of religions faith on one end of the scale to the “religiously committed” who embrace faith and are most likely to attend religious services regularly. A full 73% of the religiously committed found society too sexually open, while almost two-thirds of non-believers said society used to be too sexually repressed.

Canadians also revealed a slight selfish streak when asked about the other moral questions. A small majority (53%) of all Canadians says achieving one’s own dreams is better than being concerned about helping others. But there were significant regional variations in the numbers, with Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Atlantic residents being the most altruistic.

A different picture emerges when the pollster breaks the numbers down by religiosity. Slightly more than two-thirds (67%) of those who are “religiously committed” prioritize helping others, while 65% of non-believers say achieving one’s own dreams is more important.

“Religious faith clearly makes a difference in whether we prioritize others over ourselves,” said Ray Pennings, Cardus Executive Vice-President. “And it’s not surprising that provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan stand out on this score given the higher concentration of religiously committed folks in that part of the country.”

Full poll results and information on sample size and margin of error are available here.



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Daniel Proussalidis
Cardus - Director of Communications