6/20/2006

Childcare "Poll"

CTV has an interesting story on a recent poll conducted regarding what Canadians want in the way of a child care plan. The poll was conducted by Environics on behalf of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada.
Bet you can't guess what the results were.
Yep. That's right.
50 per cent of Canadians prefer the national day-care program proposed by the former government... per cent said they favour the Conservative government's plan...
I am so surprised. Really.
C'mon people. This isn't news. Of course the results show people want the Liberal plan. The poll was done for a childcare advocacy group. What did you think they were going to come out and say? Stay at home moms are the best?
Please note that the questions are not listed. We have no way of knowing exactly what was asked and how the poll results are being interpreted. And, as always, no one called me and asked me what plan I prefer.
Which makes these results crap.
To the propagandists: If you want me to believe in your poll, call me.

12 comments:

Fred :) said...

and how much do you wanna bet that the sponsoring advocacy group got a big truckload of money from the friendly ex-Liberal government so they could buy a poll result that supported a Liberal election promise ??

taxpayers get screwed agian by the Liberals . . . .

Dennis said...

You can imagine how flawed that study was. I suspect when an organization who has a lot to gain from public day care requests a study, they would ensure that the numbers would come out in their favor. Either by skewing results or by asking the "right" questions. After all, these "questions" were not created by the polling company. They were created by the advocacy group.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Just more junk science and media manipulation. Sad thing is that some people will believe it.

davidson said...

the poll wasn't asking whether stay at home moms were best. the poll asked canadians which childcare plan they preferred. according to the poll results, more favour the liberal plan. i know the usual suspects who are listed at the blogging tories won't like this. however, unless you can support your claims that the results are false with evidence, your cynicism is just the same old sounds in the echo chamber of this blogroll.

Tamara said...

I've been poking around the Environics and Child Care Advocacy's websites. The questions are a wee bit hidden, I think!

On this page:
http://tinyurl.com/jfzys
there are links to the papers. The "Key results by region/selected cities" paper has the questions listed.

I find question #3 very misleading...

"Should the federal government create a national early learning and child care system, with the goal of providing affordable child care to all parents who need it?"

We all know that the system proposed by the Liberals was not going to provide anything near "child care to all parents who need it". The $1 billion a year is just a bit more than Quebec spends every year... how are they going to give child care to everyone based on that amount of money?

Canadians who support the Liberal program definitely have their heads in the sand with regards to the cost!

Toronto Tory said...

Tamara basically summed it up.

The money that the Liberals proposed for this program wasn't nearly enough to fund it. It was only enough to fund a very very small portion of the spaces that they were promising.

Sara said...

I've got the questions posted,, it is misleading and pitting liberal against conservative

but who really cares about the kids eh....

Anonymous said...

You twits really don't understand science do you? You're all rushing to dismiss the study out of hand without any credible evidence. The survey was conducted Environics, the premier market survey company in North America.

If you people can't understand evidence, why should anyone believe anything you say about choice in care and ridiculous baby bonuses.

You all sound like cretins. And most Canadians seem to know that.

Anonymous said...

One is hardly a cretin for questioning the credibility of a poll that has not released is methodology nor the raw data and simply asks to be believed on trust. That is especially true with the sponsor of the poll has an a interest in the outcome which just happens to be supported by the reported outcome.

If any one is a cretin in the discussion, it would be those who do not question the poll. However, the discussion is not moved forward b y simplistic ad hominum attacks.

Tamara said...

Anonymous wrote:
"You twits really don't understand science do you?"

Ha, this cracks me up. I just picked up my M.Sc. in Particle Physics last week. Um, I think I got the science figured out, thanks.

One thing I learned was that if I ever got some unexpected results, I should go over my methodology with a fine-toothed comb, because there was usually something wrong with it that needed to be corrected. Looks to be the case here!

Balbulican said...

Congratulations! You've been nominated for Con of the Week!

http://www.stageleft.info/2006/06/25/conucopia-vi-the-horror-the-horror/

Sara said...

there is no evidence in their polls, just propoganda

I can run around asking anyone anything and get a poll, that is not evidence...

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