Originally Posted by Buba Big Guns
Pretty much according to data scientists who look at polling data, people are much more inclined to give socially 'acceptable' answers rather than their actual views in polls (ie. they lie a lot).
Google search data can be more accurate in determining actual societal views on different topics since it's more anonymous.
It's explained really well in the podcast, highly recommended.
Considering the first question in Google when you type in his name is "Is Jagmeet Singh married?", I think we're doing just fine so far. And Googling Sikhs leads to articles about how they apparently hate Muslims, so it seems like he's set up quite well to engender himself to racists who use Google as well as the thirsty.
Originally Posted by Tapejara
I agree, it's completely understandable for a person to want to vote for a secular candidate. I wouldn't feel comfortable voting for someone like Scheer or Patrick Brown, because even though they've said they won't let their religion inform policy, I consider them to hold very regressive beliefs and there's no guarantee that they will always govern from a secular position (it's not like I would vote for the current CPC even if the candidates were irreligious, but their current beliefs certainly don't help). That said, outside of Singh wearing traditional Sikhi garments, I haven't seen any reason to believe that his religious beliefs would inform his policy (though perhaps I've missed a previous statement of his), at least to the point that it warrants more skepticism from the general public compared to someone like Scheer. I just can't help but think that - outside of Quebec I suppose - this has more to do with race and unfamiliarity towards Sikhism/conflation with Islam than it does with wanting to vote for a secular candidate. Once again, I don't think this means everyone who wouldn't vote Singh due to him being religious is racist, just that if Singh's religion is a problem then the beliefs of someone like Scheer should be as well.
Well, unfortunately, waving off Christian religions as the acceptable and expected default and distrusting other religions (including Catholicism) is kind of a trend in white North American culture.
Quebec is unique in that it was casting off the religion of their French origins that controlled public schooling until the 60s. One could argue that it's slipped into the same trend as other North American white people from a unique angle, but I'm not a Quebecer, so someone with authority can speak to that for me.
So I think you're probably right to have that worry.
Originally Posted by Sean C
I'm not suggesting that the numbers will go to 100% favourable, or anywhere close. There'll be a hard core of xenophobes out there. But I don't see why the whole country couldn't get to, say, the 78% reached by Saskatchewanians.
I was actually a bit surprised by that number. I had a worry that indigenous people (who make up a strong amount of the population here) might be unsettled by the first non-white party leader not being an indigenous person and not receive the idea favourably. But a number that high in Saskatchewan tells me the worry was probably unfounded. At least I hope so. A rising tide raises all ships, after all.