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Man attempts to disprove poll on World War II enlistment

Only 40 per cent of Canadians between 18 and 35 years old would have voluntarily enlisted in the Second World War, according to a study released yesterday.

Only 40 per cent of Canadians between 18 and 35 years old would have voluntarily enlisted in the Second World War, according to a study released yesterday.

But the founder of a military support website with millions of followers believes he can find contradicting numbers to challenge the Ipsos-Reid poll of 1,025 Canadians, conducted between April 27 and 30, and plans to release his own numbers in tomorrow’s Metro.

“I will ask people if they would have joined then and if they would join present day and I think I will have more people who would enlist,” thankasoldier.net creator Dave Murphy said.

Murphy said yesterday he would send the question out to 3.8 million people over 24 hours.

Murphy did acknowledge times have changed but he still believes Canadian patriotism is making a comeback.

“Over the past two years because of Afghanistan and support for soldiers I think a lot of people are more aware and actively involved,” he said.

Kyle Chapman, 18, believes youth just have “more going on now.”

“We have university and jobs and families, and I think that’s hard to leave. Back then it was pretty depressing times with unemployment,” he said.

 
 
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