OTTAWA - A new poll suggests an overwhelming majority of Canadians understand they can't get the H1N1 virus from eating pork, despite the early labelling of the illness as "swine flu."

The Harris-Decima survey found that just six per cent of respondents felt they could get the flu from handling or eating pork, while 90 per cent said there is no such risk.

The poll also found that 87 per cent of respondents say they're eating just as many pork products as before the flu outbreak, with only three per cent noting a decline in consumption.

The survey would appear to undermine arguments from pork producers, who claim hog prices have been decimated this year by public reaction to the flu outbreak.

The Conservative government announced a $75-million bailout for pig farmers last month, partly in the form of loan guarantees for producers anxious to leave the business.

The telephone poll of just over 1,000 Canadians was conducted August 20-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times in 20.