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Discussion on Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act, 2015

On January 29, one day before the Harper government introduced its new anti-terror act in the parliament an article appeared in the Globe and Mail entitled “Canadians support increased security powers, poll suggests.” It is worth asking why such a dramatic headline would be used before the contents of the bill were revealed. 576 more words

Media, Journalism & Disinformation

New anti-terrorism act: Irresponsible polling and media coverage

Polling firm Angus-Reid released a story on February 19 which claims overwhelming support among Canadians for the government’s new anti-terror legislation.

It goes so far as to say “Canadians are firmly supportive of Bill C-51” and that “ [n]early half of Canadians say draft law ‘strikes right balance,’” while “fully one-third say it doesn’t go far enough.” It says that “less than one in five (19 per cent) worried that it (the legislation) goes too far, compromising freedom and privacy.” 223 more words

Media, Journalism & Disinformation

"Obama Resurgent: What His Popularity Says about Us," By Bruce Frohnen

After a politically disastrous 2014, President Obama appears to be enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity. Press reports indicate that his approval ratings have gone up, and he certainly seems to have regained confidence and energy. 1,167 more words

Essays And Reviews

Viktor Voronkov on Why You Shouldn't Trust Russian "Public Opinion" Polls

Can we trust opinion polls on the president’s popularity?
Serafima Taran
December 2, 2014
Gorod 812

Sociologists weekly poll Russians about their attitude to the president and government policies. 1,221 more words

Society

Viktor Orbán and Fidesz are in trouble: Record loss of popularity

A few weeks ago Tárki, one of the three or four reliable opinion polls, announced a serious slide in Fidesz’s popularity. HVG introduced the news… 1,102 more words

Viktor Orbán

How times change

via xkcd

I grew up in Williamsport, Md., a little town on the Potomac River, in the 1940s and 1950s, and was taught by my parents, teachers and Sunday school teachers to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. 263 more words

Society

America's biggest threats: Ebola and Obamacare

I love public opinion polls. You know, the Gallup Poll, Harris Interactive, the Pew Research Center, the Rasmussen Reports, just to name a few.

These polls are designed to reflect the opinions of a population by asking a series of questions on a particular topic to a small, “statistically valid” random sampling of people and then extrapolating the results to the population in general within… 635 more words

Society