OTTAWA: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released results of a national public opinion poll showing that by a two-to-one margin, Canadians are more likely to accept the validity of Bigfoot than they are promises on the campaign trail.
The survey of 1,000 Canadian adults was conducted by Praxicus Public Strategies Inc., and the results are considered accurate to within +/-3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Conducted prior to the election the question asked: "Which is more likely to happen... Politicians will keep their election promises or scientists will prove the existence of Bigfoot?" 58% said Bigfoot, while 27% opted for promises. 15% were undecided. Details of the poll are available at http://www.taxpayer.com/pdf/BigFootPoll2008.pdf
"You know Canadians are cynical about politicians' promises when twice as many of them would bet on the existence of a mythical creature like Bigfoot," stated CTF Acting Federal Director Adam Taylor. "But who can blame them? Politicians always promise the moon and the stars during an election. Some even promise they can cut taxes and dramatically increase spending, all while maintaining a balanced budget."
"As we know, the only thing that can cut through the promises and ensure a balanced budget is a law in Ottawa outlawing running deficits," continued Taylor. "In a time of economic uncertainty, it is long past due to make running balanced budgets the law of the land, and should be top priority for whoever forms the government after October 14th."
For further information contact:
Adam Taylor, Acting Federal Director
1-800-265-0442 or 613-794-6554 (cell)
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