36% is apparently a majority, but not for a whole day

The daily polling is suspicious. Every day the media publishes what the electoral outcome is going to be. And every day it changes. They keep saying there’s going to be a Harper majority. Saying it won’t make it so, but it might contribute to it.

Earlier today I saw an article on CityTV.ca through Google News headlined: “Majority of Canadians want Harper majority.” I looked at the story and it said 36% wanted a Harper majority. That’s no majority I have ever heard of.


The daily polling is suspicious. Every day the media publishes what the electoral outcome is going to be. And every day it changes. They keep saying there’s going to be a Harper majority. Saying it won’t make it so, but it might contribute to it.

Earlier today I saw an article on CityTV.ca through Google News headlined: “Majority of Canadians want Harper majority.” I looked at the story and it said 36% wanted a Harper majority. That’s no majority I have ever heard of.

When I looked back, now (it’s 9:30pm), the headline has been changed to “Canadians split over Harper majority” which is much more reflective of reality, such as it is.

Still, the whole thing has a sense of scientific engineering of the outcome – the publication of polls, the placement of photos and ads, the careful delimiting of debate.

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

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