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Poll addresses child access

May 25, 1998
The Globe & Mail

Seven out of 10 people in Ontario say child-support payments should be withheld from women who deny access to their children to husbands who pay child support, according to a poll for The Globe and Mail by Angus Reid Group. However, Ontario residents are divided over whether women who repeatedly deny access should face jail sentences. Forty-six per cent said jail sentences are acceptable, while 48 per cent said they are unacceptable. The poll was prompted by a recent court case in Ontario that saw a woman sent to jail for denying access to their children. The issue has been the subject of hearings by a Senate committee on the issue of access and child support. The poll, which questioned a representative sample of 1,000 Ontario adults, was conducted between April 22 and May 3. A sample of this size means that 19 times out of 20, the results are the same within 3.2 percentage points as the results that would be obtained by questioning all adults in the province.

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