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How the survey was carried out

Globe and Mail
Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2003

The CRIC-Globe and Mail poll on The New Canada was designed by the Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC), The Globe, and the Canadian Opinion Research Archive. The object was to provide an authoritative picture of the way the attitudes and values of Canadians are evolving.

The survey was carried out between April 21 and May 4 by Ipsos-Reid. A representative sample of 2,000 randomly selected Canadians were interviewed by telephone. A survey of this size has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Half of the respondents in the CRIC-Globe and Mail poll were between the ages of 18 and 30. The larger-than-usual sample of this age group means their results can be treated with greater confidence than is the case with standard surveys. The margin of error associated with the sub-sample of young Canadians is plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The survey was paid for by CRIC. CRIC is a program of the Canadian Unity Council (CUC).

In addition to the material published by The Globe and Mail and posted on its Web site, survey results and technical information will be available to the public through the websites of CRIC ( and the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (, beginning on Aug. 1. ROBTv Workopolis