Friday, November 13, 2009

A note on Ekos polling

Update (4:00 p.m.) below.

From an email received this morning:
I got a call from EKOS yesterday.
Couple of things struck me. The listing of political parties, for one.
5 options. 5 parties. Liberals number 5.
Could this lead to a fatigue and pressing earlier?
The order should have been Conservative-Liberal-NDP, then the Bloc and Greens as they are "fringe". No "none of the above". Why was the Bloc even listed in English Canada? Couldn’t vote for them anyway.
Issues: very heavy on gun control.
I guess they're trying to make the ordering of the parties truly random so as to get a true read on people's preferences, so the Liberals ended up fifth. I'm sure that's the case, right?

Bizarre that the Bloc is included in polling outside Quebec though.

It appears we're getting polling numbers on the gun registry next week to follow up yesterday's. But ultimately, I'm sure our MPs will decide based on principle, not polls. Right?

Update (4:00 p.m.): Apparently this is normal polling protocol, when asking questions that list options the order is rotated with each call. 1 becomes 5, 5 becomes 1, 2 becomes 3, etc.