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 ...

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 ...

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 with a president who shares his party’s values, particularly in terms of sustainable development.” The NDP’s position is in sync with ...

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 by GlobeScan/PIPA between July 3 and September 3, 2012, indicates that Obama is preferred to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...