Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Massive poll a massive scam?

Woohoo, we're rollin' in polls!

It's been two weeks since polls done by Ipsos Reid a
nd Angus Reid showed that 2/3 of Canadians support Dr. Morgentaler's Order of Canada. I was expecting anti-choicers to respond before now with some negative poll results they were able to glean through a combination of subterfuge and sleaze. So when I saw them crowing about a Massive Poll out today that said "56% of Canadians oppose Morgentaler Order of Canada", I thought "What took ya?". Oh well, it's summer for fetus fetishists too.

This latest poll was commissioned by "Campaign Life Coaltion". It's funny that when Canwest, a media chain with no agenda, commissions a poll, it comes out in favour; but when CLC, an anti-abortion group, commissions a poll, it gets the opposite results. Huh!? Indeed! Any poll about Morgentaler commissioned by an anti-abortion group lacks credibility for obvious reasons, and Birth Pangs takes the thing out to the woodshed here.

But never mind that, there are some other things bothering me about this poll. Although Campaign Life (who would never lie) says the question asked was a simple
"Do you believe abortionist Henry Morgentaler deserves the Order of Canada Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No"
...we don't know that, do we? And unlike the Ipsos-Reid and Angus Reid polls, there's no way of checking it out. Why not? You'd think "KLRVU Polling", the research company out of Winnipeg who did the poll, could clear it up in one quick phone call, and they probably could... if they had a phone.

Huh!? I guess in this day and age there are still some tiny little companies that don't even have websites, but no phone?? So who is this "KLRVU polling"? Who knows? A real company? Or some fetus fetishizer working out of his mother's basement? It's awfully hard to know what to make of a poll's results when you can't even find any information on the company that conducted it. And, sadly, it doesn't help in the credibility department either.

UPDATE: It gets weirder. Not only does the polling company appear to be non-existent, but the random phone calling algorithm was provided to the polling company by another company that also appears to be non-existent. Here is what the CLC press release said:
"The Targeted Population was Canadian households, respondents were a result of a households that were selected at random, using a random algorithm provided by INFOLIST Canada, of Toronto, ON."
However, "INFOLIST Canada, of Toronto, ON" has the same phone number as "KLRVU polling": 1-800-TRY-AGAIN.

Predictably, their website is hard to find as well.

I should mention that at the end of the press release that ran in CNW, there's an actual phone number for KLRVU, 204-999-7446 (which for some reason lifesite didn't publish in their version of the press release). However, when I did a reverse lookup on it, 204-999-7446 came up as "unpublished". Now seriously, what kind of business has an "unpublished" number?

Meanwhile, hands firmly cupped over ears and screaming "LALALALALALA", the imbeciles are blogbursting this thing to beat the band! Who cares if the polling company doesn't exist? There's a number, it's published, they can see it, they like it! Freepology in action!