A new poll by NRG Research Group and Peak Communicators reveals that 53% of Canadians would support a ban on alcohol in all National Parks during long weekends in the summer.
The goal of the restriction is to reduce excessive partying and keep the parks family friendly and safe. One third (35%) oppose the ban.
The results suggest that although for some drinking is an essential part of the camping experience, others are willing to put the enjoyment of all park users over their own enjoyment of an alcoholic beverage.
Support for the ban increases with age. 44% of those between 18 and 34 years of age are on side with the ban, half (51%) of those between the ages of 35-54 share that view, as do 62% of those over the age of 55.
Somewhat surprisingly, there are no gender differences in support for a long weekend alcohol ban.
Support for the ban varies across the country, with the highest levels in BC, and Alberta where three in five respondents indicated they ‘somewhat’ or ‘strongly’ supported the ban.
Quebec had the lowest support, with 44% of respondents voicing approval.
The poll was conducted from May 6th to May 8th, 2014 through online panel surveys totaling 1,000 participants. Results were weighted by age and gender and to each province.