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Uses and Abuses of Public Opinion Surveying on Issues of Identity . Jack Jedwab For Metropolis November 20 th , 2008 . Neutral questions on identity .
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November 20th, 2008
Racial or Racialized: analysis is often broken down by Visible minority or Not Visible Minority (masks diversity in groups)
Language: English, French and Other: Do English and other language groups possess strong shared identity
Immigrant and Non-Immigrant: Each category comprises considerable diversity
Generational Status: Obsession with 2nd generation presumes equal start but is that really fair
Some people say that immigrants and minority ethnic groups should blend into Canadian society and not form a separate community. Other people say that immigrants and minority ethnic groups should be free to maintain their religious and cultural practices and traditions. Which one of these two points of view is closest to your own?
Result - Canadians usually split half way
The relationship between maintaining one’s customs and traditions and/or joining the mainstream is more than nuanced than suggest the two propositions generally submitted by pollsters. A recent national survey (October 4-10, 2007) of 1500 Canadians conducted by Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies suggests that the traditional dichotomy-the either/or option of maintaining customs or mixing is not supported by public opinion which to a significant extent thinks that both are possible.
Question masks gender rights violation: Obviously few Canadians disagreed
Some immigrant and minority ethnic communities have very traditional practices and beliefs when it comes to the role and rights of women. Some people say Canada should accept and accommodate these traditional beliefs about the rights and role of women. Other people say that immigrants and ethnic minorities should adapt to mainstream Canadian beliefs about the rights and role of women. Which one of these two points of view is closest to your own?