Why would Canadian Green party members be highly supportive of the Freedom Convoy's demands to drop covid restrictions?
The Freedom Convoy are truckers and supporters who are protesting (and blockading) in Ottawa against covid measures. Ostensibly it started out with cross-border truckers getting a vaccine mandate, but it has generalized to asking for most covid restrictions to be dropped.
That's the background, but my question is about the reasons for the following poll findings:
Two out of three (68%) interviewed in our latest nationwide poll feel they have “very little in common with how the protestors in Ottawa see things”, while 32% say they “have a lot in common.”
Those who are more likely to feel aligned with the protestors are People’s Party voters (82%), Green Party voters (57%), and Conservative Party voters (46%). Large majorities of Liberal (75%), NDP (77%), and BQ (81%) voters say they have little in common with the protestors.
I can understand the People's Party anti-government, pro-freedom stance at 82% support, that was part of their 2021 platform.
The PPC announced it would contest the 2021 federal election with the same platform it used in 2019 and Bernier running in his former riding of Beauce. The PPC also announced its opposition to further COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown measures, vaccine passports, and compulsory vaccinations as part of its campaign.
I can understand the Conservatives sitting at 46% support (one reason among others for dropping O'Toole was his tolerance of covid restrictions). And I can understand the Liberals and NDP being largely against the aims of the protesters.
Covid, as seems to be the norm worldwide, tends to divide people on a left/right axis, pro covid restriction/anti covid restrictions.
But why would Canadian Green Party voters have a much higher sense of affinity with the protesters than even the Conservative party, second only to the People's Party?
Or could this just be a low quality poll? I don't seem much else to support this claim, besides news outlets quoting the poll.
To be clear, I am asking about Green Party voters, not about the official position Green Party itself, which made its views clear:
The Green Party of Canada condemns the hatred, racism, misogyny, homophobia and utter disrespect for treasured Canadian institutions displayed by some of the participants in the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa.
“We will always defend the right of citizens to assemble in peaceful protest, but what we have seen over the past four days is indefensible,” said interim Green Party Leader Amita Kuttner.
p.s. Here's a little bit more (opinionated) background on the convoy.
p.p.s. Maybe it's a statistical limit on the poll?
The poll's numbers are as follows:
The survey was conducted with 1,410 Canadian adults from January 31 to February 2, 2022. A random sample of panelists were invited to complete the survey from a set of partner panels based on the Lucid exchange platform. These partners are typically double opt-in survey panels, blended to manage out potential skews in the data from a single source.
Now - with a very limited knowledge of stats - 1410 would seem fairly robust, overall. But not every party is treated equal: with national polling for Greens in the 2-6% range, the sample of Greens might have been too small to give as solid a result for the 57% finding as it would for more mainstream parties like the Conservatives, NDP or Liberals where more respondents formed the basis of their numbers.