Musings —06.20.2010 11:05 AM—
…or so says this Harris-Decima poll, below.
What would account for these results? Are they wrong? Is the Fake Lake Clambake truly, as some in the Opposition believe, a way to finally defeat the Harper government? Or has it all been wildly overblown by the media and the Opposition? Your views are welcome, because – I have to say – this one surprises me.
G8/G20 ok with Canadians despite fake lake and $1B price tag: poll (G8-G20-Poll)
OTTAWA, Ont. – A new poll suggests most Canadians are not unduly troubled by the fake lake or $1-billion price tag of the coming G8 and G20 summits.
The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll found 76 per cent of respondents said the back-to-back weekend summits in Muskoka, Ont., and Toronto were either very or somewhat important versus 20 per cent that were opposed.
The Harper government has been under fire in recent weeks for the bloated cost of the summits, the vast majority of which is for security, including the $1.9-million Canada Corridor designed to sell Canada to visiting journalists.
At the G20, where the global economy is the focus, 66 per cent of those surveyed said they expected “a little” progress would be made, while 21 per cent expected none at all.
At the G8, where the Harper government has made improving the maternal health of Third World women a priority, 63 per cent expected “a little” progress versus 22 per cent that expect none at all.
The June 10-13 telephone survey of 1,000 Canadians has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times in 20.
(The Canadian Press)