Saturday, May 07, 2005

And it won't make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong

I wish this Ekos poll was a bit more detailed in breaking down responses: (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many Canadians believe their country might benefit from a new federal administration, according to a poll by Ekos Research Associates published in the Toronto Star. 60 per cent of respondents believe Canada needs a new ruling party in Ottawa. [...] Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: "After so many years of Liberal government, I really think the country needs a new ruling party in Ottawa." Agree 60% Disagree 14% Neither 25% Not sure 1% "Neither" is a very nebulous answer in this case; I can see it running the gamut from "No, I don't believe in parliamentary government at all, bring on the workers' revolution" to "Who? What? Where?" However, it remains that only 14% are such die-hard terrified-of-other-parties Liberal voters that all could be forgiven and swept under the rug, so long as the Tories are kept out of power. With the flip side of that being 85% who either positively favour or don't necessarily disfavour (due to disinterest or objective neutrality) a change of government, these must be unnerving numbers for the PM's Office. This is the question that the pollsters should have been asking for the past month and a half, not "Do Canadians want an election." One can simultaneously dislike the idea of another election in less than a year's time, while wholeheartedly agreeing that a change of government is necessary; they're not mutually exclusive concepts. (Via NealeNews.)

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