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On push-polling.

Well, I’m presuming a poll claiming to show a majority of Canadians opposed to Dr. Henry Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada was done by the anti-abortion movement as explained over here at Birth Pangs (I prefer giving them the link traffic) because they were horrified at the fact that 2 legitimate pollsters did polling that showed a solid majority of Canadians (by over 2-1 numbers) approved of Dr. Henry Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada.

When faced with polling done by those pollsters done with no axe to grind vs one that has been asked by a group with an obvious agenda, you always go with the established pollsters. Even at that, the polling company basically showed that 90% of Canadians they called didn’t care one way or the other.

Translation? The majority of Canadians feel its a non-issue.


3 comments to On push-polling.

  • Scott, it’s not really a push-poll, is it? A push-poll is actually supposed to persuade the sample population of something, in the guise of running a poll.

    This one is just frightfully skewed. An 8% or so return on a telephone poll, and the use of the word “abortionist” in the question–this is a classic example of poor methodology.

    No wonder the polling firm has an unlisted number.

  • Heck, I don’t think Brian Mulroney deserves the Order of Canada. I will betcha that the majority of Canadians feel the same way.

    Do you think that the Yankee-huggin’ separatist appeasin’ former prime minister deserves the Order of Canada? How’s that for a fair question?

    If we give the Order of Canada to only those that a majority of Canadians like, then we would just be giving the award mostly to white Anglo-Saxon middle or upper class Canadians who live in Ontario. To me, it doesn’t matter if a majority or minority of Canadians support honouring Morgentaler with the Order of Canada. He fulfilled the O of C requirements according to those who judged his achievements. The Order of Canada is not a popularity contest. Go watch Canadian Idol and vote for Mookie. He is a talented singer.

  • Push-polling. eh. I like that, it reminds me of that mythical critter in Dr Doolittle.

    Thnx for the linky, Scott.

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