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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics July 6, 2009
  Jul 06, 2009

A targeted sample of 1,001 Canadians between June 21-28, 2009. This ROBBINS Sce Research (1998) poll features a margin of error of (3.5%) 19 times out of 20 @ 95% competency.

Question #1
Which leader and political party in Canadian federal politics do you currently support? (Rotated but not "Other')
Stephen Harper and Conservatives    34.5 %
Michael Ignatieff and Liberals    33 %
Jack Layton and New Democrats    15.5 %
Gilles Duceppe and Bloc Quebecois    8.5 %
Elizabeth May and Green Party    5.5 %
Other    2.5 %
Undecided    12.5 %
Question #2
As we approach Canada Day, July 1st, 2009 how grateful are YOU that you are a Canadian citizen?
Very grateful    50.5 %
Grateful    26.5 %
Less than grateful    23 %
Question #3
In your opinion should self-employed persons in Canada be eligible for Employment Insurance benefits when they become injured while working or suffer from an illness which keeps them from earning an income?
Yes    72 %
No    23 %
Commentary
Prime Minister Harper continues to show his adept political skill. His numbers are at the moving upward slightly from previous lows of 33%. The Conservative Party is showing solid numbers in Ontario (38.5%) and averaging steady through the Prairie Provinces (52%) where the party is traditionally popular. The government’s efforts to save jobs in Ontario particularly through financial aid to auto makers has angered some but far fewer than the relieved Canadians whose jobs are impacted by that industry and are hoping the future is brighter.
Michael Ignatieff holds steady with one third of Canadians supporting both he and his party. He remains strong in Ontario (40%) and the Atlantic provinces (39%), and has achieved (27%) in British Columbia. He is becoming better well known to Canadians, has proven that he isn’t a loose cannon, and is willing to make political compromises to make Parliament work, but not at any price.
Moving toward Canada Day—an obvious majority admit to being either “Very Grateful” or “Grateful”. Numbers of overall gratitude (77%) are consistent across the country, with Quebec respondents scoring (72%)-yet the Bloc Quebecois remain a strong force on the federal political stage. Generally, “Less than Grateful” responses appear a little higher in areas where unemployment is higher such as the Newfoundland and Labrador (35%), higher than the Conservative party popularity in that province. Ontario’s “Less than Grateful” response was (28%), pretty good considering many calls took place in affected areas like Windsor and as well as around Toronto (which has its own problems) and the outlying ‘Golden’ area.
Canadians realize that self-employed people are workers as well and should be eligible for Employment Insurance—to the extent we offered it—through illness or injury. I might have thought Ontario or Newfoundland and Labrador more resistant to the idea but their acceptance of the concept was consistent with most Canadians.

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