In a poll conducted by leading Canadian pollsters, Nanos Research, the results revealed that 70% of Canadians support shared parenting. Thirteen per cent opposed shared parenting and 17% were undecided.
Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between August 30th and September 1st, 2017 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
You may ask “how can a poll of 1,000 people reflect the views of 35 million Canadians?”
Writer Eric Grenier wrote a piece on polling in the Globe and Mail in 2014 and answered that question:
“It might be hard to believe, but it is mathematically possible. A smaller sample will, of course, have a harder time reflecting the population accurately. But a poll of 1,000 people is generally considered the standard size. Larger polls have smaller margins of error, but the return on that extra effort is smaller is well. Doubling the sample size does not cut the margin of error in half, for example.”
Canada’s largest private broadcaster depends on Nanos Research as the official pollster of record for CTV News. Similarly, world-renowned Bloomberg News Service uses Nanos to conduct Bloomberg’s weekly Canadian consumer sentiment tracking, known as the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index.
Now, if certain lawyers, judges, and politicians would read the scholarly literature and understand that shared parenting is best for children, Canadian families who have suffered from divorce, would be far happier and healthier.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang