It’s better to have loved… Redux

Recession anxiety lower in Atlantic Canada — poll

According to the results of the national survey, conducted between Feb. 26 and March 2, only 10 per cent of Atlantic Canadians fear they will lose their job sometime in 2009, compared to 17 per cent across the country.

For example, 63 per cent of those surveyed across the country reported direct financial losses due to the economic crisis, while only 49 per cent of the respondents in Atlantic Canada reported direct financial losses linked to the recession.

Respondents in Atlantic Canada with financial losses reported numbers significantly lower than losses reported elsewhere in the country.

“In Atlantic Canada, 14 per cent have been significantly impacted, as opposed to 20 per cent nationally,” said Mr. Hutton, Pollara’s executive vice-president.

Concern about job loss affecting a family member is also lower in Atlantic Canada, according to the poll results. About 18 per cent of Atlantic Canadians are worried about job loss in the family, while that percentage across the nation is 30 per cent.

Someone mentioned it before.  When you are in a virtual recession all the time (unemployment pushing 10% or higher, population decline, net out-migration every year) – you don’t have the same perspective as someone from a region that has been in strong growth.  I find these survey results to be right on the money.  The comments from the polling company, however; are a little off.

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5 Responses to It’s better to have loved… Redux

  1. mikel says:

    Here’s what the pollster encountered on the phone (yes its sarcasm).

    Ring.

    Hello, are you afraid of losing your job?

    No, I haven’t got a job.

    Ring.

    Hello, are you afraid of losing your job?

    No, I’m seasonal so I lose my job every year.

    Ring.

    Hello, are you afraid of losing your job?

    Hell no, I work for the government, they try to touch my job and CUPE will bring them to their knees!

    Ring.

    Hello, are you worried about a family member losing a job?

    No, they’re all teaching english as a second language in asia.

    Ring.

    Hello, how worried are you about the financial crisis?

    Crisis, what crisis? The Irving media says that everything is fantastic.

    Ring.

    Hello, of the canadian investment average gains of $60,000 over the past decade, canadians have lost $30,000, how do your losses compare?

    Well, I had gains of $5000 and only lost two, so I guess I’m doing pretty good!

    Ring.

    Hello, have you been significantly impacted by the recession?

    No, I’ve NEVER had any money.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its funny isn’t it, that facts need to be given, as a joke. All my life in the survey reports, I always wondered, who are these people? I have never been one and no one I know is one nor has anyone I know been surveyed! I would even like to know who had gains of 5000 in NB, or Canada. I hardly considering gains that can only be accessed when your 69, gains!

  3. mikel says:

    The link doesn’t seem to work so the data can’t be checked. I don’t doubt that the figures are ‘accurate’, but like all statistics, they are only accurate as far as they go-no further. Most polls talk to maybe a few hundred people in each region, and thats if they are very ambitious. Many pollsters are starting to use web surveys which have a whole set of different problems. But polling is a real science in human behaviour. I’ve actually heard pollsters say “well, why would anybody LIE to a stranger on the phone?” Human beings react in millions of different ways, but its well known that those who actually talk to pollsters often talk as they would to somebody they know quite well-which is why seniors are usually over represented-and why responses are usually questionable.

    I read a book awhile ago called ‘The Horse of Pride’. It was all about the impoverished area of Yorkshire during the early/middle part of last century. What they found was that those of less economic means actually tended to appear more proud, and be more sensitive than those who are more affluent (who maybe know full well their income level was primarily a gift of good fortune rather than hard work).

    The maritimes have had far less immigration than other areas, so are a more homogeneized culture than most of Canada now, so cultural beliefs tend to play a stronger role. For example, we were taught by example, but essentially we were taught ‘the value of hard work’, that ‘there is no use complaining’, that ‘you should be grateful for what you have’. That’s obviously VERY general, but hopefully makes the point. So as David says, this kind of media is very misleading, like the ‘happiness’ index. Good media would focus on the numbers and specifics, not on ‘polls’. To try to make it sound as though the maritimes is better off for not suffering is pretty much a mirror image of the great depression-everybody knows about what it was like in the prairies because at first it was relatively prosperous. The maritimes had been in a depression for about a decade longer than everybody else, so nobody really noticed it or remembered it. Sorry for recently ‘taking over’ the blog, they’ve been good comments lately.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, well I had to rattle a few people out of their droning, fool the people, spiels. A good google researcher can check anybodies assertions nowadays.
    As example: A big thing in Canada is how safe and rich and invulnerable our banks are.
    Fact: The potential for a run on the banks caused local bankers to be more conservative in lending out their reserves, and this, Rothbard argues, was the cause of the Federal Reserve’s inability to inflate.[26]

    If you read the wikipedia explanation of the 1929 depression , it appears you are reading our near future.

  5. mikel says:

    Well, New Brunswickers are fully aware of how foolish it is to say how ‘safe’ banks are, it cost NBers 60 million to prop up the Caissie Populaire! Although the investigation was halted, even if illegal activity was going on, it was nothing compared to the perfectly legal ‘shenanigans’ that american large banks were up to (and still are). In large measure Canada’s banks are almost ‘nationalized’, and its interesting to note it was mainly the privatized functions that gave canadian banks financial problems. Turns out ‘socialism’ isn’t nearly so bad as we were led to believe.

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