58% versus 24%: Canadians think the long-census form should remain mandatory!

lundi 26 juillet 2010 ·

It isn't even close, a clear majority of Canadians think the governement is wrong and that the long-census form (you know, the incredible intrusive one as rcently discovered by all the Libertarians out there who NEVER mentionned it before...) should remain mandatory! This option has the majority in every province and, more surprisingly, in every party! Yes, even Conservatives voters think so by a margin of 53% versus 31%!

But let me guess, the data were badly collected I guess! lol

By the way, you may have heard of this other poll, by Ipsos-Reid. Why? Well, because this one showed that a majority of Canadians actually were split on the issue (49% support, 51% against). In order to be objective, I had to mention it.

So who is right? Well, two things: The poll from Angus-Reid had a very detailed question. But we don't know the question asked by Ipsos-Reid cause this pollster doesn't release its detailed methodology. My understandings is that the question from Ipsos was something along the lines "Do you support the decision of the federal governement?". If you look at question 1 of the Angus' poll, you see a very similar question and you can see that people are indeed split on this issue. So why the discrepancy between the two questions? I'm guessing the wording of the questions and answers did influence the respondents. In particular, one question asks if you support the government, while the other mentions the benefits of the census data. What is interesting though is to see that 52% (versus 27%) of people think the government should back off.

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Bryan Breguet est candidat au doctorat en sciences économiques à l’université de Colombie-Britannique. D’origine Suisse, il a passé les cinq dernières années au Québec au cours desquelles il s’est engagé en politique provinciale malgré le fait qu’il ne possédait pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne. Il détient un B.Sc en économie et politique ainsi qu’une maitrise en sciences économiques de l’université de Montréal. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix d’excellences et bourses, il connaît bien les méthodes quantitatives et leurs applications à la politique.

Vincent Geloso holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics, with a focus on business cycles, international development, labor markets in preindustrial Europe and the new institutional economics. His research work examined the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Université de Montréal. He has also studied in the United States at the Washington Centre for Academic Seminars and Internships. Mr. Geloso has been an intern for the Prime Minister’s cabinet in Ottawa and for the National Post. He has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies and an international mobility bursary from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. Currently, he is an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute.

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