January 24, 2006


Poll finds surprising optimists (BBC, 1/24/06)

Iraqis and Afghans are among the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to their economic future, a new survey for the BBC suggests.

Italians join people in Zimbabwe and DR Congo as the most downcast about their future, according to the poll of 37,500 people in 32 nations. [...]

Canadians are bullish not just about their own finances (64%), but also about the economic prospects of their country (63%).

For the governing party to lose a Canadian election when its people are that upbeat, and justifiably so, about their current economic prospects is even more remarkable than George Bush beating Al Gore at a time of unprecedented prosperity and peace.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2006 6:07 PM

I'm waiting for the first story on that poll in the American MSM. Right.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 24, 2006 7:48 PM

Proving that Canadians are no different than Americans (except for us not being blessed with as good a political system).

As Peter said earlier, I reserve a special place in hell for our Toronto voters (and certain slimy ridings in Vancouver). But that's no different than the urban voters in the U.S. People live in cities for selfish reasons and they will tend to vote motivated by corrupt/selfish purposes.

Where I live (Chilliwack, only 60 miles east of Vancouver, Chuck Strahl and future speaker of the house is candidate) our elections are called with 4% of the polls reporting and the Conservative candidate has a bad day if he gets less than 65% of the vote. If you don't belong to one of the evangelical mega-churches, you cannot get elected. Same in Abbotsford, only 30 miles east of Vancouver -- I think Ed Fast was the first candidate called in B.C.

BTW, the last week of the campaign, all we saw were Liberal attack ads concerning abortion. It was disgusting to be watching Vancouver Canucks demolish Montreal Canadiens with constant scary ads about how Harper was going to force women to bear children. If I had kids watching, I would have been horrified.

Those ads worked well in Vancouver and Toronto but they also prove that the Liberals will have trouble taking any of the rural/suburban seats from the Conservatives in the future.

Posted by: Randall Voth at January 24, 2006 8:24 PM

The Canadian numbers are something for House Republicans to think about when they vote next week for their replacement for DeLay. While the Abramoff scandal doesn't approach what the Liberals were doing in Canada, or what the Clinton people were doing in the run-up to the 2000 election, the Liberals benefitted from a sympathetic press that try to play down the problems as much as possible.

Things are a little different on this side of the border for the GOP, and Blunt (and to a lesser extend, Boehner) will have to battle accusations of being "more of the same" by Democrats and the big media outlets if they get the majority leader's job. It might not work due to both the economy and fears over the Democrats' potential handling of the war on terror, but based on the Canada results, it's something worth thinking about.

Posted by: John at January 24, 2006 8:32 PM

Say, my Canadian brothers, did you hear that Pope B-16 as he pronounced a papal blessing upon the upcoming winter olympics expressed concern about curling? I read that he said "who would sweep ice w/a broom" or something like that.

Posted by: Dave W at January 24, 2006 10:22 PM

Can I do this?

Posted by: Jennifer Milton at January 24, 2006 11:18 PM

Yes, here come your optimistic Canadian neighbours, singing and dancing their way into your hearts.

This is like calling old fashioned Scottish or Swiss puritans "optimists". And they didn't have Stephen Harper's hidden agenda to worry about.

Posted by: Peter B at January 25, 2006 8:25 AM

"say, is that a hidden agenda, or are you just glad to see me ?"

Posted by: toe at January 25, 2006 10:34 PM