National Post

April 1, 2002

Nothing funny about women: survey

Canadians think highly of their own sense of humour

John McKay
The Canadian Press
National Post

Most Canadians think men are funnier than women, that Newfoundland and Labrador is the country's funniest province and that a good sense of humour in a mate is more important than good looks.

These are some of the results of the Comedy Network's second annual April Fool's Day poll, an Ipsos-Reid survey designed to measure Canada's funny bone.

"This year's survey indicates that humour is important to Canadians and our identity," says Ed Robinson, president and general manager of the Comedy Network.

"It helps define who we are."

The channel feels the poll helps celebrate the only day on the calendar devoted exclusively to humour.

Among the results:

- Two thirds of Canadians (67%) think men are funnier than women. In fact, only 16% of men think women are funny at all.

- Newfoundlanders are viewed as the most humorous Canadians while Prince Edward Islanders were seen as the least funny.

- Eight Canadians in 10 (83%) say a sense of humour is more important than good looks. Ninety per cent of women say they are more likely to choose a sense of humour over looks in a mate. For men, the number drops to 76%.

But only one Canadian in two would rather be funny than good looking.

- Eighty-five per cent of Canadians believe there is a distinct Canadian humour, while 71% believe that sense of humour is more sophisticated than American humour.

- Canada tops the list as funniest country of the world. Twenty-six per cent of Canadians rank their country as funniest, compared with 15% for Australia, 14% for the U.S. and 13% for Ireland.

The poll is based on a randomly selected sample of 1,000 adult Canadians, taken between March 5 and 13, with results considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

To further mark April Fool's Day, a prank question was asked, resulting in 62% of Canadians saying they would buy a $3 coin.

Asked if they would buy a "troonie," a new coin worth $2 but costing $3, six Canadians in 10 said they would.

To be honest, the question included the proposition that the dollar difference would go to support our Olympic athletes.

"We couldn't resist," Mr. Robinson said.

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