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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics January 31, 2004
  Jan 31, 2004

A random telephone survey of 185 rural respondents in BC and Alberta, from towns with populations understood to be less than 20,000. This survey was conducted between January 26-30, 2004. The margin of error is 2.0-5.5%, 17 times out of 20 @96% competency.

Question #1
In your opinion, should the Canadian federal government refuse to take immigrants from countries in the Middle East and some parts of Asia such as India, Pakistan, and China until after their countries have become fully democratic and responsible to the Rule of Law
Yes    79 %
No    14 %
Question #2
In terms of being democratic and just, is it your opinion that countries in the Middle East and some parts of Asia, including India, Pakistan, and China are 'politically inferior' to Canada and the United States?
Yes    84 %
No    11 %
Question #3
In your opinion, are people who emigrate to Canada from countries in the Middle East and some parts of Asia including India, Pakistan, and China more likely to be more personally maladjusted than people who are born in Canada and the United States?
Yes    54. %
No    35 %
Undecided    11 %
Question #4
Should President George W. Bush hold the host countries where terrorists were born, no matter whether or not they have moved during their lifetime, responsible for any acts of terrorism in either Canada or the United States
Yes    41 %
No    39 %
Undecided    15 %
Question #5
Is it your opinion that the RCMP did the 'wrong thing' by raiding an Ontario journalist's home one week ago?
Yes    48 %
No    39 %
Undecided    13. %
Commentary
Western Canadians from rural areas believe that countries in areas of the World such as the Middle East and some parts of Asia including India, Pakistan and China are simply "more trouble than they are worth". They believe that people that emigrate to our country are more likely to be trouble 'because that is their experience'. Nearly one half of western rural Canadians in this survey believe that if a terrorist is Syrian born than Syria should be responsible for his or her actions "no matter what".
Respondents were less inclined to see individuals as personally responsible as their countries, it is difficult to ascertain what extent this was intended to be 'racist' or to avoid appearing to be racist.
Despite what many liberal politicians would have us believe, there is very little patience from rural British Columbians and Albertans for immigrants from the Middle East and some parts of Asia including India, Pakistan, and China.
Respondents feel we take up too much time "taling about them", "worrying about their needs" and "catering to their rights more than to our own". Respondents in this survey believe that Canada spends too much time and energy "trying to impress everyone else outside the country".

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