Tag Archives: public opinion

Replacing Demographic Analysis with Something Else

June 11, 2013

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Sometimes I think a demographic analysis is the bane of my existence. Endless bivariate comparisons of various independent variables against the questions asked in the survey. Tedious, often of tenuous value, and, of course, subject to problems of collinearity. Demographic characteristics are not independent of each other. Saying that older people are more likely is […]

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An Historic Evolution of Public Opinion: A Look Back at Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

March 12, 2013

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Public opinion change is not unheard of but when it comes to fundamental beliefs and values, we expect change to take place slowly, if at all. The evolution of Canadian beliefs about same-sex marriage provide an interesting example of dramatic changes that both presupposed and reacted to court decisions.  Courts played a key role in […]

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Why Senate Reform is Not About Public Opinion Right Now and Not Very Likely

February 15, 2013

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Senators have been having a tough time the last few weeks and the institution is looking a lot less like an institution of sober second thought and more like a frat house. But, even if Harper is now regretting his choices and even though he may want senate reform, the recent events do nothing to […]

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Values, Beliefs and Politics: The Changing Tide of POR about Guns in the U.S.

July 25, 2012

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The most recent shootings in a Colorado movie theatre by a man armed with an automatic weapon has hardly caused a ripple in terms of public demands for gun control. In one way, this is strikingly surprising because we expect dramatic events such of this to focus public opinion on the negative consequences of gun […]

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Two Things to Take Away From the Recent Poll Failure? in Alberta

April 24, 2012

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There will be much hand wringing, considerable hyperbole, and lots of pseudo theories/ explanations for why the polls did not foresee the Conservative majority coming in the 2012 Alberta provincial election. Some attention will inevitably be placed on the methodological rigour of the polling methods but the size of the difference between the polls and the outcome is stunning. […]

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