On the homepage of Robbins Sce Research, it says:
“Harper popular as PM, Canadians easily support Afghan extension. Jun 29, 2007”
The poll it links to says Canadians support an Afghan extension based on this question:
“The United Nations is desirous of having Canada extend its participation in Afghanistan past the current term ending in early 2009. Are you agreeable to extending Canada’s involvement?”
Yes 52 %
No 48 %
I have a hard time seeing how 52-48 “easily” supports anything. Plus, every other poll I’ve seen in the last several weeks has support for Afghanistan about split.
But then it gets worse. On the commentary of that poll it says:
“Canadians overwhelmingly support an extension to Canada’s participation in Afghanistan.”
And then the commentary continues:
“The PM may want to change his Defense Minister. ROBBINS likes current Conservative House Leader Van Loan for the job. Although non-descript, he is excellent in the House of Commons and can articulate a reconfigured Canadian involvement in Afghanistan.”
How is this unbiased polling? The first thing that popped into my head is that the third sponsor of this poll, requesting anonymity, is Van Loan.
So, what do you think they mean by “easily” and “overwhelmingly”?