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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Internet Surveys: Bad Data, Bad Science and Big Bias

Back in 2012, I wrote a blog piece about internet polls and surveys, asking whether internet polls and surveys could be – or should be – considered valid or scientific. I concluded, after researching the question, that, since the vast majority lack any scientific basis and are created by amateurs – often with a goal […]

The Canadian Progressive: Poll: 70% of Canadians think it’s time kick Stephen Harper out

by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:

Stephen Harper (Photo: Remy Steinegger)

An overwhelming majority of Canadians think it’s time to kick Stephen Harper out and elect a new government, according to a new CTV News Ipsos Reid poll.

70% us are fed up with Harper and the Conservatives’ dictatorship-style assault on our democratic institutions, values, science and the environment. We’re fed up with the Conservatives’ political malfeasance, epitomized by the Third World-style Senate expenses scandal. We want Harper out. We want a new regime in Ottawa.

Most importantly, we’ve resolutely decided that the Conservatives should not be re-elected in 2015.

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The Canadian Progressive: Is Chief Theresa Spence your 2012 newsmaker of the year? POLL

Is hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence, who entered Day 20 of her peaceful protest today, your 2012 newsmaker of the year? Is it the Idle No More movement? The Quebec student movement? Beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Is it Kevin Page, Canada’s fearless gallant Parliamentary Budget Officer, who showed uncommon courage recently when he took the Harper government to court seeking accountability and READ MORE

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, prefers to see Barack Obama re-elected as U.S. President rather than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters in Montreal on Sunday that he “hopes to work wi… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

by GlobScan A new 21-nation poll for BBC World Service indicates that citizens around the world would strongly prefer to see Barack Obama re-elected as US President rather than his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The poll of 21,797 people, conducted… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Globally, Obama Overwhelmingly Preferred to Romney: Poll

Canadian Progressive: Bad News: Two Polls Give Harper Conservatives Edge Over News Democrats

As the Canadian Parliament returns for what promises to be another acrimonious session, two opinion polls show that the Harper Conservatives hold a slight lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll pegs Conservative support at 34 per cent, the New Democrats at 27, the Liberals at 24 and the Greens at seven. According to the Huffington Post: “The second poll by Nanos Research also gives the Tories the edge, but with just two per cent on the NDP the Tory lead is within the margin of error.” But the Conservatives’ lead will not last. Another Bill C38-style omnibus

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Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Roundup For Sunday, September 17, 2012

Here’s a selection of our key news headlines on the eve of the Canadian Parliament’s return for the fall session. It’s going to be another acrimonious session. But the real bad news is that a new Harris-Decima poll gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a 7-point lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. But there’s also good news. If you’re a progressive activist, that is. First, Kitchener Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth is expected to attempt to reopen to abortion debate. Second, patent protection has emerged as a contentious issue in the next round of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) talks. The roundup:

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Canadian Progressive: Canadians oppose drug patent extension in Canada-EU trade deal: POLL

A new poll by Ipsos Reid, released today by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Health Coalition, shows that what would otherwise be high support for a Canada-European Union free trade deal collapses on the issue of pharmaceutical drug costs, with 69 per cent of Canadians opposing a deal that would lengthen patent protections for brand name drugs. The two organizations are asking the provinces, whose trade negotiators are in Ottawa this week for another round of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) talks, to insist on removing patent term extension and related pharmaceutical proposals from the EU trade deal. Failing to do

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Canadian Progressive: Right-wing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should step down: POLL

Fifty-five per cent Torontonians want their right-wing Mayor Rob Ford to leave office if he is found guilty in the ongoing conflict of interest case, according to the results of a recent poll by Forum Research. Can you blame them? Last week, Ford appeared in court in a conflict of interest case “to explain why he participated in a council debate about whether he should return $3,150 in improperly raised donations.” The case threatens to eject him from office. On Monday, he skipped an important executive committee meeting to coaach his football team, the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School Eagles. A meeting that grappled

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Canadian Progressive: New Democrats And Conservatives Tied at 34% each: Poll

The poll by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc is bad news for Tom Mulcair and the NDP. Real bad news for Canadian democracy. According to the National Post: With these voting intentions, an election today would see the Tories take 140 seats for a minority in Parliament while the NDP would grab 114 seats. Just last month, those surveyed would have handed the NDP 128 seats, giving them a minority, while the Conservatives would have gotten 114 seats. Still, there’s the option of a strategic electoral pact with the Liberals (22%). In fact, such a pact could include the NDP’s ideological brethren – the Bloc Quebecois

Canadian Progressive: Your Choice For Canada’s Next Top Soldier Is? (POLL)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reportedly involved in the selection of Canada’s next top soldier, the Chief of Defence Staff.

Canadian Progressive World: Christine Sinclair For Canada’s Flagbearer For London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Christine Sinclair, the captain of the bronze-winning Canadian women’s Olympics soccer team, is our choice to carry the flag during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. That’s the word from Canadians. See the Twitter hashtag #SinclairForFlagBearer. I approve.

By making Sinclair flag-bearer, Canada would honour both our gallant women’s soccer team and her personal achievements at the London Olympics and beyond. Soccer isn’t just about teamwork. It’s also about individuals: the coach, the team captain, and the individual player who brings something special to the team. Soccer is also leadership.

Sinclair captained the team into the history books.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: POLL: What Exactly Did You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Opinion polls are a great and simple way for you to express your big opinion on the issues of the day. A few clicks, you’ve spoken! Our current poll on the question “What did you celebrate on Canada Day?” closes at midnight on Tuesday, July 17. Join hundreds of Canadians who are shaming the biased mainstream media reports to tell us exactly what they celebrated on the big day. And if you’d like us to publish your own poll, just send it using the form below the poll. Just a question or statement on any of the hot issues

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians OK with office romance: Survey

A survey by the Randstad’s Global Workmonitor found that seven out of ten employees (59%) indicate a romantic relationships between co-worker are common in Canada. And two thirds (66%) approve. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Where else to turn to for love and comfort than someone you already know? After all, an office or company is a community where you can easily find someone who shares the same values and interests. And, of course, we’re a progressive country.

And yet, we’re a little progressive when the world is part of the equation. The same survey found that office romances are even more common

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