Canada’s New Government™, boys and girls — proving once again IOKIYAHC.
The federal government has conducted an opinion survey to find out what Canadians think of, uh, opinion surveys. Release of the polling data comes amid pressure on Ottawa to rein in spending on public opinion research.
The poll, Canadians' Preferences in Answering Surveys, was completed Jan. 31 by Ekos Research Associates for Public Works and Government Services. The survey of more than 2,250 Canadians last fall found 45 per cent of respondents preferred telephone surveys over Internet or in-person questionnaires.
A Public Works spokeswoman could not immediately say how much the survey cost or why it was undertaken. A summary of the results suggest the questions were asked as part of a long-running series of polls on information technology.
The Tories are promising to spend $10 million less on government polling in the next budget year. In December, an independent investigator reported the Conservatives spent $31.2 million on public-opinion research in the 12 months leading up to a government-commissioned probe.
That's almost twice the $18 million a year the Liberals averaged on polling between 1993 and 2006.
Hmmmmm ... let’s look at that again, shall we? $31.2 million spent on polls by the CPoC in a 12-month period vs. $18 million spent by the Liberals in a 13-year period. Big Daddy really does put the “hip” in hypocrite, doesn’t he?
Obviously, I shouldn't blog while I'm tired. That should say $31.2 million spent on polls by the CPoC in a 12-month period vs. $18 million spent by the Liberals in a 12-month period. Which, as CC said, is still a boatload more money for a government that claims it doesn't govern according to polls. So there.
CC adds: Oh, fer Chrissake, Lu, what is your problem, and when will you learn?
When you make a factually incorrect claim, it is not your job to fix it and apologize for it. Rather, it is your job to ignore the dissenting observations, minimize their significance, claim that others have done the same thing, move a goalpost or two, and finally cast aspersions on those observers' morals, values and sexual attraction towards other peoples' children.
Have you learned nothing from our conservative compatriots? Sheesh.
Me again. Apparently, I'm doing everything wrong today. I just can't seem to get the hang of this BT approach to blogging. See, I was brought up to believe that when you make a mistake, you own it. So let's try this again, shall we?
Ahem. So it says 12 months instead of 13 years ... big fucking deal. Obviously, if you don't support the mission then you don't support the troops, you unpatriotic, Islamohomocommiefeminazivegan terrorist-apologist. How was that?