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U.S. citizens R of the opinion 9-11 terrorists came from Canada-support offshore oil and gas
  May 03, 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario: A random telephone sample of 1,008 respondents throughout the United States of America between April 30-May 2, 2009. Margin of error (2.75%), 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

Question #1
How would you rate Barack Obama’s performance as President in the first 100 days of his administration?
Excellent    24 %
Good    27 %
Fair    23 %
Poor    22 %
Question #2
In your opinion is Canada an important player on the International political stage?
Yes    49 %
No    39 %
Undecided    12 %
Question #3
Janet Napolitano –a Democrat in the Obama administration and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and John McCain former Republican presidential candidate say that some 9-11 terrorists came from Canada—while Canada’s ambassador Michael Wilson says that this it not true. Who do you believe?
USA’s Janet Napolitano and John McCain    62 %
Canada’s Ambassador Michael Wilson    24 %
Undecided    14 %
Question #4
U.S. Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain proposes lifting the ban on offshore drilling as part of his plan to reduce dependence on foreign oil and help combat rising gas prices—and to deal with it’s “drag on the economy” and recovery. Do you agree with John McCain’s position to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling?
Yes    51 %
No    44 %
Commentary
(53%) of ‘decided’ “U.S. citizen” respondents are of the opinion that U.S. President Barack Obama is providing an “excellent” or “good” performance in the first 100 days of his administration.
(56%) of ‘decided’ respondents are of the opinion that Canada is “an important player on the International political stage”.
(72%) of ‘decided’ respondents are in agreement with “Janet Napolitano –a Democrat in the Obama administration and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and John McCain former Republican presidential candidate” (who) “say that some 9-11 terrorist came from Canada.
(53.5%) of ‘decided’ respondents agree with former Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s position “to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling”.
U.S. President Barack Obama's numbers remain positively stellar--with "Excellent" and "Good"--responses far outweighing "Poor".
100 days in politics is like 1 day--a lifetime--and much can happen--and based on this ROBBINS poll--there is much more to come--insofar as U.S./Canada relations are concerned.
Over one half of decided respondents in the United States accept Canada as an important player--yet nearly three quarters are willing to accept the word of a bi-partisan 'couple' one Democrat--Janet Napolitanto--and the other--no stranger to Canadians--Senator John McCain--that (some) 911 terrorists came into the United States from Canada.
Both Democrat Napolitano and Republican McCain are from Arizona a southern state--forced to deal with very conspicuous problems on their Mexican southern border--involving drugs--illegal aliens---swine flu etc.
Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents from more Northern regions of the United States were more inclined to take the word of Canadian Ambassador and former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Michael Wilson (31%)--but this does little to mitigate the very negative perception Americans have of Canada's co-operation as this relates to Homeland Security nearly eight years after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Arizona Senator John McCain has scored as well on security issues as President Barack Obama has on performance. Senator McCain realizes a (62%) support on the two security questions-though he share that with Democrat Homeland Security boss-Democrat Janet Napolitano.
The province of British Columbia--(west coast of Canada)-- current BC Liberal government--is looking to move forward with exploration of offshore oil and gas. A similar number of British Columbians as Americans---the majority support offshore oil and gas exploration.
In 2006 BC's Premier (currently in an election) Gordon Campbell told a group of Chinese businessman that "the moratorium on coastal oil and gas could be lifted in 2 to 3 years." (Newsdaily Canada November 29, 2006)
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be against offshore oil and gas drilling.
Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents from more Northern states were more inclined to take the word of Canadian Ambassador and former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Michael Wilson (31%)--but this does little to mitigate the very negative perception Americans have of Canada's co-operation as this relates to Homeland Security nearly eight years after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. President Obama and Energy Secretary Chu is said to be currently looking "very closely" at the offshore oil and gas issue for the United States-- and officials have claimed they will have a firm policy position in about two to three months.
Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has forced Obama's hand--the timing may not be all his. President Obama needs to shore up the generally positive sentiment the American people have about Canada--will the obvious doubt they have about that latter countries involvement with permitting some 9-11 terrorists to enter the country.
The issue cannot be concluded with glib talk--and a defensive response from Canadians is unlikely to change many minds in the U.S.
Hillary Clinton's number must be on speed dial.

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