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Survey: voters support conscription

Bermuda Regiment recruits at a Warwick Camp's training session

Voters remain in favour of conscription, according to a survey by Profiles of Bermuda.

The group conducted a survey of 407 registered voters that found 58.7 per cent “are still in favour of the conscripting of officers for the Bermuda Regiment”, compared to 56.4 per cent in 2014 and 70.9 per cent in 2012.

“The fall-off may be attributable to the media campaign led by Bermudians Against the Draft (BAD), which was highly active in the lead-up to the 2012 election[1] but has been less active since then,” said the group, an assessment and human resources development company.

“The Bermuda Government is, reportedly, committed to ending conscription by 2019.”

Profiles of Bermuda concluded that voters between the ages of 35 and 54, and those over 55, were more inclined to support conscription, with 54.8 per cent and 70.6 per cent respectively favouring the practice. Although 48.5 per cent of young people supported conscription, they were also more likely to oppose it at 44.4 per cent.

The survey found that blacks (63.3 per cent) were more likely than whites and others (50.3 per cent) to support conscription.