A third of Canadians foresee World War Three in the next 20 years.
A Leger Marketing poll commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and obtained by Sun Media reveals young adults aged 18-24 and elderly Canadians are most fearful about global conflict erupting within two decades.
Jack Jedwab, the association’s executive director, said some see various “flashpoints” and believe they could escalate into full-blown world war. Others think there is a better chance for global peace.
“There is still a significant degree of volatility out there, but there is also a good degree of dialogue between world leaders,” Jedwab said. “I think we’re living in a relatively healthy period compared to what we’ve seen in previous decades, even though you’ve got some serious issues like Afghanistan and Iran.”
The survey shows Canadians most knowledgeable about war history are more apt to predict another massive conflict, while francophones are less pessimistic than anglophones about prospects of a third world war.
This week, ceremonies were held in Europe to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, which began Sept. 1, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland. Jedwab said some Canadians see simmering unresolved tensions from that conflict or are worried about strife among superpowers. Others are influenced by images of violence in current conflicts.
“The fact is, that 70 years after the outbreak of the Second World War, one in three Canadians in a country that is relatively distant from these global conflicts feel there may be another one is fairly substantial,” he said.
The web-based survey of 1,366 Canadians was conducted during the week of Aug. 17 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. — Toronto Sun