Poll: National Geographic vs. Alberta oil sands

March 8, 2009

This post below received quite a few visits since it got posted a few hours ago. This looks like a good opportunity for a little poll. So read the post and vote if you are so inclined.


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2006-2008 voting shifts explained

September 17, 2008

All you election nuts, head over to Paul Adams’ demonstration of how people who voted for various parties plan to vote now. Do it right now. I hope we get updates of that table every week!

Most lively discussion on that topic on Paul Wells’ blog, who ripped off the other Paul’s charts. Data theft is the sincerest form of flattery, of course.


Liberals put Adscam behind them – now for the bad news…

August 30, 2008

This little bit (pdf warning) from the latest Angus Reid poll seems to be confirming that the federal Liberals have put Adscam behind them. Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion’s “Honesty and trustworthiness” rating is at 30%, to Prime minister Harper’s 31%. If Liberals should not have to worry too much about their past relationship with shady admen when they go door-to-door next week, they have their leader to thank for this. Also, Canadians are telling Angus Reid that when it comes to environment issues, they trust Mr. Dion a lot more (45%) than Mr. Harper (27%) – all Dion’s doing (he’s been campaigning on this since the leadership race).

But that’s all the good news the Liberals are going to get from this poll.

Approval ratings: Harper 32%, Duceppe 39% (Qc only), Layton 30%, May 21%, Dion 11%. The approval rating is like Homer Simpson falling off a cliff: every time you go down a position (“doh!”), it hurts more and more. Dion is flat down at the bottom, hurting.

The campaign starts in a few days. Let’s see how these numbers move.


Poll: Public Service out of style

August 6, 2008

What is surprising about today’s Angus Reid poll on where Canadians want to work is not that the Public Service is out of style, but rather that the situation is apparently far worse than people think.

Among those still interesting in becoming a bureaucrat, women in particular wish to join the Public Service “to better balance the demands of work and family. The problem, says Linda Duxbury of Carleton U and reporter Kathryn May’s go-to woman for anything PS-related, is that they will quickly become disillusioned because public servants, especially managers and executives, are overworked and putting in long hours. The benefits, hours and flex time is on the books and the perception is this is utopia for work-life balance, but they will quickly find out that is not what they will get.”

So… people have a generally negative image of the Public Service and what they think is good about it actually isn’t true?

I don’t know… Sure, the PS is a hellhole of regulations and the current landlord may send any of your initiatives to the shredder without having to provide a justification. But from what I can see from my little corner of Paperpusherland, the money is fair, there’s not too much unpaid overtime, it’s a great place to learn new skills and there’s usually somebody reasonably qualified to do your job while you enjoy fairly long paid vacations. On top of that, your continued employment doesn’t depend on the sales of your company’s latest dangerous gadget.

And yes, serving the public still counts for something. Absolutely. Even the poll says so.

Seems to me there’s still enough good selling points for a recruiting pitch.


Angry Canucks

July 30, 2008

Or so Canwest says, in a report printed earlier this week in most of the chain’s newspapers. Mad about gas prices, the environment, crime, the military and probably the weather.

There’s no revolution brewing. Canucks are angry at different people (Big Oil, Big Government, the Taliban and probably God) for different reasons. But if we’re to believe the poll and a follow-up text today, many Canadians are itching to do something and some use the Internet to get some reaction, including a better deal on their cell phone contract.

If there is indeed a vast pool of discontent waiting to be tapped into by some new social force, some might want to take advantage of it. It would be interesting to watch some new political parties or pressure group get some traction on the national scene, as the Saskatchewan Party did in the West.

By the way, the Canwest text is how poll-driven journalism is supposed to be written: select the most newsworthy elements of the poll, include comments from the pollster and one specialist on the topic, but most importantly get quotes from one or two Regular Joes to give a human face to the data. It doesn’t make it true, but it makes it believable and interesting to read. Nicely done.

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