Monday, July 15, 2002

What is it with us Canadians and navel-gazing surveys? Here's another, indicating Canadians are feeling insecure about health care, economic stability and unemployment.

It may be a good sign that Canadians survey themselves so much. If you're going to have a paternalistic, protective government, you'd better have data to do it as well as possible. However, this particular survey is by a group that I distrust because they very clearly and openly have a social development agenda. Yet, the Globe and Mail reports their survey results as if they were neutral. That's a mistake with "how do you feel about" surveys, where the exact wording of questions and the attitude of the questioner have a big effect on the response.

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