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ROBBINS Sce Research - The State of California, United States of America: Edward Snowden; Russia, Canada + 2014 Winter Olympics, Canada's cuts to War Veterans
The Heart of the Matter - Don Henley (The Eagles)  Aug 20, 2013

Facts about California from the State of California website:
Capital City: Sacramento
Size: 158,706 square miles (3rd largest state)
Population: 37,679,000 - highest state population (large pop. than Canada)
Nickname: The Golden State
Motto: Eureka (I have found it)
Statehood: September 9, 1850
Largest Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno *
Border States: Arizona, Nevada, Oregon
State Animal: California Grizzly Bear
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Flower: Golden Poppy

Question #1
According to Wikipedia, Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist who worked for the CIA and NSA, and in those jobs leaked top secret material of the U.S. and British government's surveillance programs to the press. Mr. Snowden is now in Russia and has the apparent support of the Russian government. Which of the following terms best describes Mr. Snowden's actions in your opinion?
Whistleblower (489)    34 %
Traitor (285)    20 %
Unpatriotic (520)    36 %
Hero (91)    6.5 %
Question #2
Russia is scheduled to hold the 2014 Winter Olympic Games - set to commence early next year. Russia's lower parliament has recently passed a law against "homosexual propaganda" which is described as promoting 'relationships which do not support making children'. This anti-gay law attaches fines of tens of thousands for Russian citizens and visitors including media who might speak out against the law at the Olympic Games. Based on these actions by the Russian government should the United States government show their support for all human rights including the rights of gay people, by boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia?
Yes (607)    42 %
No (530)    37 %
Question #3
The Canadian government has cut disability benefits to injured soldiers from the war in Afghanistan. Would you support President Obama pursuing a similar course of action with U.S. war veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Yes (121)    8.5 %
No (1,112)    77 %
Question #4
Would you support holding the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, in place of Sochi, Russia?
Yes (767)    53 %
No (402)    28 %
Our ROBBINS question 1 inquires among residents of the State of California about Edward Snowden - a United States computer specialist, who decided that his fellow countrymen, and indeed the entire world needed to be made aware of the total scope of surveillance his former government was conducting, including potentially on ordinary American citizens.
Months have passed and the Snowden story has been the subject of much debate and discussion over that period of time. The final verdict is in from respondents from the State of California, USA.
4 response choices were offered in question 1 from which to describe Edward Snowden's actions. Two of them "traitor" and "unpatriotic" are presumed to be 'against' Mr. Snowden's actions, while the other two, "whistleblower" and "hero" are presumed 'for' him.
In our ROBBINS question 2, (53%) of decided respondents support a boycott of Russia's Winter Olympic Games, though (21%) of respondents are Undecided.
(66%) of respondents who perceive Edward Snowden as a "traitor" in question 1 support boycotting the 2014 Olympic Games, while (33%-44.5%) who perceive Mr. Snowden as a "whistleblower" or "unpatriotic" are willing to boycott these Games. (52%) who perceive Mr. Snowden a "hero" do NOT want to boycott the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
(56%) of decided California residents are against Edward Snowden's actions to one degree or the other. (75%) of the number of respondents that oppose Mr. Snowden's actions support boycotting Russia's Winter Olympics.
(95%) of the number of Californians who are opposed to Edward Snowden's action, support Vancouver, British Columbia holding the next Winter Games instead of Sochi, Russia. (32%) more Californians support changing the venue of the next Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia to Vancouver Canada than support Edward Snowden's actions.
Our question 3 asks Americans if they would support President Obama cutting benefits to American soldiers of war. We expected a high "No" response and received it from Californians. Americans disapprove of the Canadian government's actions with its soldiers and see veterans entitlements as a moral obligation and a breaking of these entitlements to be equal to "a sin". Our ROBBINS question 4 attracts Californians from all groups in other questions generally into one more positive group going forward - hold the next Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.
Los Angeles, California held the 1984 Summer Olympic Games which was boycotted by the Soviet Union (Russia), Cuba and East Germany. The explanation for the boycott was that the Soviet government judged the United States to be promoting "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria"
Considering the recent anti-gay laws advanced by Russia's Parliament and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the more progressive nature of the American people toward gay tolerance, including same sex marriage, one would wonder why Russia is so eager to portray itself as chauvinistic, passing anti gay laws in its Parliament, a quarter century after the Los Angeles Summer Games, and one half year before they are expected to host the world in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
This ROBBINS survey of residents in the State of California suggest there is another option available. Hold the next Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Californians are willing to consider in numbers equal to those who are willing to boycott Russia's Winter Olympics.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver Whistler, British Columbia were considered by all to be a huge success, and Vancouver is undeniably one of the most progressive cities in the World. If Russia has created a problem with its anti human rights laws on gay rights in 2013, reminiscent of Adolf Hitler's white supremacy 1936 Summer Olympic Games, then perhaps the solution lies with a change of venue and the holding of the next Winter Games in more neutral political territory, Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver also has the entire infrastructure to hold all of the events of the Winter Games after preparing for the successful 2010 Games. In addition, the government and the people have the right temperament for holding such an event.
Russia's President Putin has proved himself to be a world class politician. His promotional skills rival the likes of PT Barnum and America's Donald Trump - however does his behaviour in terms of human rights chaos in Russia denying gay rights serve to make Russia an undesirable place to hold a world event?
Even the world's greatest public relations person and promoter of capitalist ideals - 'The Donald' would likely advise Vladimir Putin that causing so much turmoil and havoc in the midst of a $50 billion investment is a bad idea.
METHODOLOGY: This is a ROBBINS Sce Research (1998) survey-poll "The most accurate public opinion pollster in the World". It includes 1,443 respondents, combining telephone calls from lists (survey) and random calling to residents exclusively in the State of California, United Sates of America. This ROBBINS survey-poll reveals a margin of error (M.O.E.) of 2.58%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence level. This ROBBINS survey-poll was sponsored in part by Kevin Berry of Port Moody (Vancouver) British Columbia.
Questions or comments on this ROBBINS survey-poll may be sent to the attention of Glen P. Robbins

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