Harper government doing good job on economy: poll
The majority of Canadians, except in Quebec, give the federal government good marks for its handling of the economy, according to the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll.
Six in 10 give the government at least a ‘C’ grade.
Fifty nine per cent gave the government good marks — nine per cent an ‘A’ or better and 50 per cent a ‘B’ or ‘C’ for “somewhat good.” Thirty-one per cent dished out a ‘D’ for “somewhat bad” and 11 per cent offered an ‘F’ for failure.
42% give the government a very poor score, and it's sort of curious that all the scores are given seperately except for the "B or C" category, which are conveniently lumped together. Weird.
Just for fun, let's us some common sense, in a fair way. We won't put C in either category, although if you want to be like the pollster, you could just as easily manipulate the C to the disapproval column. Within the 50% B and C, let's just divide it in half and say the C is 25%. Okay, that would mean you have a positive rating 34%, a negative rating of 42% and a 25% mediocre score. Wow, that doesn't look so good for the government anymore does it? If I'm spinning the numbers(COUGH), I could argue only 1/3 of Canadians gave the government "good" grades on the economy. The numbers would look strangely similar to last week's HD poll, that considers a C a C, neither good nor bad, but "middling":
Overall, respondents awarded only middling marks for the government's handling of the recession so far.
Four per cent said the government has done an excellent job, while 27 per cent rated its performance as good.
Forty-three per cent said the government has done a fair job, and 24 per cent gave it a poor rating.
In all regions east of Manitoba, the government was awarded a good or excellent rating by no more than 29 per cent.
Conversely, in all regions across the West, more than 40 per cent gave the government a good or excellent rating.
If you want to conduct a real world test, I recommend sending a resume to Ipsos Reid, and within it make sure to tell the prospective employer that you had a "good" C average all the way through high school and post-secondary (wherever that would be). Stay by the phone, because it's bound to ring...