LETHBRIDGE: While Alberta tends to have Conservative political tendencies, we have
an increasingly liberal attitude toward social issues.
The Citizen Society Research Lab at the College released the findings of a
fall public opinion survey on six-controversial subjects. While there are
regional differences in opinion, attitudes have remained constant in three areas
over the past five-years.
When it comes to abortion, the survey releases states "Albertans strongly
support abortion choice remaining a private matter", with 79.7% respondent
support (this figure has fluctuated only slightly in the past five years). As
well, 61.9% want capital punishment reinstated for first degree murder and
76.9% of those questioned support medical marijuana use.
In the three other subject areas covered by the survey, support has gradually
increased. According to the results, "Albertans strongly support legalized
doctor-assisted suicide, with that support now at 78.8%, compared to 64.3%
support in 2009". Also, support for same-sex marriage has increased from 65.7%
in 2009 to 77.3%. 77% agree with same-sex marriage and acceptance of
recreational pot use is now at 50.1%, up from 36.5% in 2009.
The survey for this public opinion study was conducted in October of 2013 and
included responses from 987 respondents from across the province. A full
breakdown of the demographics and the differences in response between the two
main cities as compared to other Alberta regions, can be found at the following