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POLL: 74% of Canadians think G8/G20 summits ‘not too important’ or ‘not important at all’

The Globe and Mail reports that, “a new (Angus Reid) poll suggests that Canadians are not particularly interested in the upcoming G8 and G20 summits and are unimpressed with the costs of security for these two meetings of international leaders.”

– 74 percent of the respondents said the meetings are “not too important” or “not important at all”
– only 20 percent said the G8 and G20 summits are “very important” or “moderately important” to them personally
– 78 percent said the expenditure of nearly $1-billion is unjustified
– 31 per cent said they believe there should be no restrictions on protests during the summits

“Angus Reid conducted the survey on June 11 and June 12. The pollster questioned 1.007 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of its online forum. A survey of this size is expected to accurately reflect the opinions of all Canadians within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.”

The G8 and G20 summits in Canada later this month will cost more than $1.1 billion. Is this a good use of public money?

So far, 253 people say NO, 16 say YES, and 6 DON’T KNOW.

To register your view on our on-line poll, go to the left-hand column on our website at http://canadians.org.

74 percent of Canadians believe that the G8 and G20 summits are ‘not too important’ or ‘not important at all’. 78 percent believe that the $1 billion cost is unjustified.

Let the prime minister know how you feel. Send him a message through our ‘Scrap the Summits’ action alert at http://canadians.org/action/2010/scrap-summit.html.