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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics April 7, 2008
  Apr 07, 2008

A random telephone sample of Canadians representing a total of 1,104 interviews April 4-6, 2007 as follows: BC (305); Alberta (50); Saskatchewan (125); Manitoba (50), Ontario (311); Quebec (154); New Brunswick (20); Nova Scotia (34); Prince Edward Island (11); Newfoundland and Labrador (44). 22 ballots spoiled. Margin of error rounded to 3.5%, 19/20 @95% c/c. Poll paid for in part by Jim Van Rassel (604) 328-5398. Jim Van Rassel is currently a member of the Conservative Party of Canada-but has no influence on questions or outcomes.

Question #1
Which of the following two ‘main’ political party leaders do you most support?
Stephen Harper    71 %
Stephane Dion    29 %
Other/Undecided    28 %
Question #2
Which political Team in federal Canadian politics do you currently support?
Team Liberal    31.5 %
Team Conservative    37.5 %
Team NDP    17 %
Team Bloc Quebecois    07 %
Team Green    7.5 %
Other/Undecided    11.5 %
Question #3
A Conservative MP was recently seen on film from 17 years ago making disparaging and hateful remarks about gay people. This elected member has since profusely apologized publicly, in the House of Commons and in part to the gay community as well. In your opinion is it necessary for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to apologize and or speak to this issue as well in order to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion?
Yes    44 %
No    56 %
Other/Undecided    02 %
Question #4
In your opinion which of the following choices best reflects when you believe the Canadian flag should be lowered to half mast:
Each time a Canadian soldier is killed overseas    54 %
On November 11 of each year when all soldiers are remembered    46 %
Other/Undecided    11 %
Question #5
In 1971 then Prime Minister Trudeau indicated that all immigrant communities were distinct societies within Canada. The Province of Quebec is an original partner in Confederation-and French is one of two official languages of Canada. In your opinion is Quebec a more distinct society within Canada than say Indo Canadian, Chinese Canadian, Greek Canadian, Ukrainian Canadian or Same Sex Canadian cultures?
Yes    61 %
No    39 %
Other/Undecided    06 %
Question #6
In your opinion should wealthy immigrant applicants hoping to come to Canada- be permitted special status over other regular immigrant applicants to Canada?
Yes    19 %
No    81 %
Other/Undecided    03 %
Question #7
In your opinion should investment banks and brokerage houses in Canada be subject to the same tough federal regulations as big banks in your opinion?
Yes    79 %
No    21 %
Other/Undecided    07 %
Commentary
Commentary:
Prime Minister Harper is far more popular than Stephane Dion. His net ‘popularity’ in Quebec is (52%); higher than his national ‘decided’ average. Stephen Harper’s national totals vs. Stephane Dion are (62-38 Ontario), (59-41 Atlantic Provinces), (74-26 British Columbia) and (82-18 Saskatchewan).
Team Conservative is now at (35%) support in Quebec, while Team Liberal has nearly tied Team Conservative in Ontario with (35/36%) each ‘Team’. Team Conservative attracts (53%) public support from Saskatchewan. The Prime Minister’s national ‘net’ totals are (51%) higher than Team Conservative’s are, while his Saskatchewan totals are (25%) higher than Team Conservative totals in that western province.
Nationally, Prime Minister Harper’s Team Conservative is more equal to Team Liberal and the results for either Team are within the margin of error of this poll.
Tom Lukiwski the Conservative MP in the middle of the anti-gay comments has been seen to be apologizing or alternatively within the context of the question has satisfied a majority of Canadians. However, (52%) of respondents from Quebec, including most that support the Prime Minister over Stephane Dion-are of the opinion the Prime Minister should speak to the issue.
While many other respondents in this ROBBINS poll agreed the Conservative MP has met the standard of response with his apologies a discernable number said a suitable comment from the Prime Minister-who is very popular with many Canadians “would not hurt”.
A minority of respondents who support the Prime Minister say “enough already”.
More than one half of Canadians are of the opinion that the Canadian flag should be lowered to half mast each time a Canadian soldier is killed. This is clearly a response Canada’s current participation in Afghanistan-which many Canadians either reject wholly or in part.
Quebec is a more distinct society according to Canadians- relative to Prime Minister Trudeau’s 1971 assessment that all cultures in Canada are distinct. Compared to 6 examples of distinct societies in the question-Quebec, Indian, Chinese, Greek, Ukrainian and Same Sex Canadians a distinct majority of Canadians see the Province of Quebec as more distinct.
An overwhelming majority of Canadians are of the opinion that wealth should not be an advantage to immigrants coming to Canada. Far too many wealthy immigrants bring their often deprived social values from cultures which are-from a democratic perspective-inferior to Canada’s.
An overwhelming majority of Canadians want every participant in the business of finance and equities in this country to be as vigorously regulated as banks.

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