To Al: Please do not delete this. My plan is to turn this into a thread that is so awesome that it'll be stickied.
Preface: It is easy to find polls, broken down my province, since the merger in 2003; but finding polls prior to this is much more difficult... until now.
I've found a great cache of Canadian polls. Every month. From December 2000 to January 1949. More than that, they are broken down, by province, and after August of 1993, by regions within provinces. They are Gallup polls.
Beyond that, this website has polls done by firms that are not Gallup, meaning the period from January 2001 to December 2003 can easily be filled in using Environics, CROP, Leger, Angus-Reid, etc.
I'd like to record each poll, by province, and post it here.
This is where you come in.
This is, minimum, 624 polls. Polls usually ask for parties; 4 or 5 of them. Assuming they all have 4, and assuming they only use the 10 provinces, that is 24,960 datapoints. Needless to say for me to do this on my own would be "difficult".
Hence, I'm wondering if anyone is interested in mining this data with me. There'll be plenty of time with politics on the brain over the next 2 weeks, with no guarentee that news will satisfy your cravings.
I've built an excel file that makes imputing this data easy. In addition, it autocalcs, from the data, polls for the 6 "polling regions" of Canada. BC, Alberta, the central Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic. I feel that clumping like this is really needed as some polls have literally 3 respondents from PEI (Margin of Error = 57%
) so clumping things in to the Atlantic makes it more reliable. It is then that data that would be posted here.
In short, I think 12 polls is a good chunk to do at one time, hence, please PM me (do not post here, as I'd like to save all the posts in this thread for the data, and the data alone) with a year in mind you'd like to do. I've done/am working on 2010 and 1993, but all the others are free. I have little-to-no interest of looking at polls between 1959 and 1979 inclusive, so if you are interested in something between those dates, the year is as good as "yours".
Ideally, in a week or two we can have every poll done, and can post it to this thread, which then gets stickied and we become THE resource!