Human Rights Trump Trade with China
On the issue of Tibet, research shows that faced with the choice between human rights and trade Canadians believe standing up for human rights is more important. Likewise, an overwhelming majority of Canadians support the Prime Minister meeting the Dalai Lama.
The findings are not surprising, Canadians traditionally place a high premium on human rights and freedoms. In the final analysis human rights trumps trade.
For more detailed information on the methodology and the statistical results visit the SES website atwww.sesresearch.com.
This survey was completed by SES Research and commissioned by the Canada-Tibet Committee.
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Between July 28th and August 4th, 2007, SES Research conducted a national random telephone survey of 1001 Canadians 18 years and older. The aggregate survey results are accurate ±3.1 %, 19 times out of 20. Margins of accuracy are wider for subgroup samples. Results may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Question: If the Dalai Lama were to visit Canada, do you believe that the Prime Minister should meet with him, as he does with other world, political and religious leaders or should he not meet with him because of our trade relationship with China?
Should meet the Dalai Lama 87%
Should not meet the Dalai Lama 7%
Question: As you may know, China invaded Tibet in 1950, and has occupied the territory ever since. In 1959, the Dalai Lama, who was the political and religious leader in Tibet, fled after an uprising against the Chinese. Since its occupation the government of China has imposed strict controls in Tibet. I am going to read two statements and I would like you to tell me which one best reflects your personal view. [Rotate]
A: Some people think that Canada should not raise issues like the human rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people with the Chinese government because doing so might jeopardize our trading relationship with China.
B: Other people think that Canada should raise the issue of human rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people with the Chinese government regardless of any potential impact on our trade relationship with China.
Should not raise issues like human rights and freedoms 23%
Should raise issues like human rights and freedoms 69%
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