More than half of Canadian hockey fans blame the owners for the NHL lockout that has stretched into a 55th day on Friday.
In an Angus Reid Public Opinion online poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday from 1,508 randomly selected adults from across the country who are Angus Reid Forum panelists, 55 per cent blame the owners for the lengthy labour dispute. Twenty-six per cent of those polled blame the players.
The NHL and the NHLPA entered a fourth consecutive day collective agreement talks in Manhattan, but despite more than 20 hours of discussion and another exchange of proposals the two sides remain firmly entrenched in the beliefs.
Other findings in the poll were:
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- 43 per cent of hockey fans say they're following other levels of hockey (minor, junior, AHL, university) more often than before.
- 31 per cent are watching NFL games.
- 41 per cent of Canadians, and 45 per cent of hockey fans, do not expect the NHL and NHLPA to agree on a new collective agreement before the season has been lost.
- 36 per cent of the adults polled were personally dissatisfied with the NHL lockout, and 18 per cent feel sad.
- Among those Canadians who describe themselves as "hockey fans, who truly enjoy watching the game," 43 per cent are dissatisfied, and 42 per cent are sad.
- 36 per cent of the respondents from across Canada believe the owners deserve most of the blame, but like we mentioned before that rises to 55 per cent among hockey fans. Twenty-four per cent of adults blame the players.