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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics January 6, 2014
  Jan 06, 2014

Question #1
Do you intend to engage with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which begins the first week of February 2014?
Yes    30 %
No    47 %
Question #2
Do you support raising Interest Rates in 2014?
Yes    19 %
No    58 %
Question #3
Does a persons sexual orientation have an influence on whether or not you would vote for them in an election?
Yes    6 %
No    78 %
Commentary
Depending on how events unfold, and how interprets question 1, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia may be a broadcast boon or bust.
The (30%) of Canadians who say they intend to engage the Games is equivalent to a record setting number of Canadians who viewed the most highly watched event in Vancouver 2010 - the Canadian/USA game for Gold.
However, this survey also suggests that (47%) of Canadians will NOT engage the Games in Russia. This number compares with 97.6% who are thought to have engaged with Vancouver 2010 coverage (according to CUME Index).
In question 2 it is clear that Canadians do not want to see higher interest rates, despite the fact that rates have been bone low for years now. Higher rates generally benefit people who can afford income earning shares (often expensive) or who have the money to buy bonds. Government often suggests that an uptick in Interest Rates is a hedge against inflation.
Our question 3 is designed to cut across two political spectrums - very generally. The first considers the fact that Russia's government is anti-gay. This is in stark contrast with Canada's more progressive attitudes towards gay people, gay rights, and is supported by the growing number of gay politicians being elected to high office.
Yes to question 1 - BC (27%); Alberta (30%); Saskatchewan (40%); Manitoba (23%); Ontario (31%); Quebec (25%); New Brunswick (24%); Nova Scotia (26%); PEI (31%) Newfoundland and Labrador (34%).
No in question 1 BC (49%); Alberta (43%); Saskatchewan (37%); Ontario (44%); Quebec (50%); New Brunswick (52%); Nova Scotia (50%); PEI (43%) Newfoundland and Labrador (48%).
Yes to question 2 - BC (21%); Alberta (23%); Saskatchewan (18%); Manitoba (16%); Ontario (28%); Quebec (12%); New Brunswick (18%); Nova Scotia (14%); PEI (11%); Newfoundland and Labrador (8%).
No to question 2 BC (55%); Alberta (50%); Saskatchewan (61%); Manitoba (72%); Ontario (45%); Quebec (57%); New Brunswick (61%); Nova Scotia (62%); PEI (63%); Newfoundland and Labrador (55%).
Yes to question 3 - BC (4%); Alberta (9%); Saskatchewan (8%); Manitoba (5%); Ontario (3%); Quebec (4%); New Brunswick (12%); Nova Scotia (9%); PEI (2%); Newfoundland and Labrador (11%).
No to question 3- BC (81%); Alberta (70%); Saskatchewan (67%); Manitoba (73%); Ontario (81%); Quebec (86%); New Brunswick (72%); Nova Scotia (68%); PEI (75%); Newfoundland and Labrador (67%).
Methodology - This is a survey of 1,038 people from private lists of Canadian voters. The survey was conducted December 19 - 23, 2013; December 28-29, 2013 and January 3-4, 2014. The Margin of Error is 3% 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence. Survey was assisted by 'New Millionaires'.

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