The most recent National Nanos poll revealed that, overall, Canadians are divided on the necessity of the inquiry into the business affairs of Karlheinz Schreiber and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Although most regions displayed similar perspectives, Ontarians were more likely to believe that the inquiry is not necessary (net necessity score of -9).
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Canadians were also asked to rate the inquiry in terms of whether or not it is a good use of tax dollars. Canadians overwhelmingly believed that the inquiry is a poor use of tax dollars (net score of -48). Of note, the trend noted above concerning Ontarians’ resistance to the inquiry presented itself again for this question. Those living in Ontario were more likely to consider the inquiry as a poor use of tax dollars (net score of -57).
Polling between April 25 and April 30, 2009. (Random Telephone Survey of 1,001 Canadians, 18 years of age and older). A survey of 1,001 Canadians is accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.
Necessity of Inquiry Question: As you may know, there is currently an inquiry into the business affairs of German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is not at all necessary and 5 is very necessary, how necessary is this inquiry?
1 (Not at all necessary) 23%
2 - 11%
3 - 20%
4 - 13%
5 (Very necessary) 26%
(*Note: Unsure 7%)
Atlantic Canada: +15
Western Canada: +9
Net scores are calculated by subtracting those who rated the inquiry as 1 (not at all necessary) or 2, from those who rated the inquiry as 4 or 5(very necessary).
Use of Tax Dollars: As you may know, there is currently an inquiry into the business affairs of German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. It is estimated that the inquiry will cost $14 million. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is a very poor use of tax dollars and 5 is a very good use of tax dollars, how would you rate the use of tax dollars for this inquiry?
1 (Very poor use of tax dollars) 45%
2 – 18%
3 – 18%
4 – 8%
5 (Very good use of tax dollars) 7%
(*Note: Unsure 5%)
Atlantic Canada: -44
Western Canada: -41
Net scores are calculated by subtracting those who rated the inquiry as 1(very poor use of tax dollars) or 2, from those who rated the inquiry as 4 or 5 (very good use of tax dollars).
One of Canada’s leading pollsters, Nik Nanos is the President and founder of Nanos Research (formerly SES Research). He is a regular contributor to the CBC, Bloomberg News and The Globe & Mail and has a regular weekly Wednesday segment on CBC TV’s Power & Politics, The Nanos Number with Evan Solomon. For the recent federal election he was the official pollster for CTV News and The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.
Nik is also a research associate professor in Canadian Studies with The State University of New York in Buffalo.
He is a Past National President for the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, the governing body for market and public opinion research in Canada and a past national affairs guest columnist.
He has led a major research initiatives ranging from reputation management and advertising through to being an expert witnesses for litigations before the courts. His commentary and polling data has been used in every major media outlet in Canada and also USA Today, ABC News, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist Magazine and The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom.