Sexual Harassment of Women is Widespread in Canada

By Bruce Anderson There are almost 15 million adult women in Canada and according to our latest survey, almost 8 million of them (53%) have experienced unwanted sexual pressure. The prevalence of this experience is highest among women under 45. Just over one in ten Canadians says sexual harassment is “really quite common” in their

Universities, Research & Canadian Public Opinion

By Bruce Anderson Commissioned by Universities Canada, Abacus undertook a nationwide survey looking at how Canadians feel about the role of universities today and in the future.  The highlights of this study are detailed below. The large majority (78%) of Canadians express a positive overall feeling towards universities, with only 3% expressing a negative view.

More Expect U.S. to Take Military Action Against North Korea than the Reverse, 84% Say Trump Making Things Worse

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto A solid majority (63%) of Canadians are following the tensions between North Korea and the US closely.  As of the taking of our latest poll (August 11-15) 43% thought it likely that North Korea would launch a missile at the US, 47% that North Korea would launch missiles at

Parties as Brands: How Canadians See the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP

By Bruce Anderson, David Coletto In our latest nationwide survey, we wanted to see what thoughts and images were more associated with Canada’s three largest political brands.  To do this, we offered people a series of 20 forced choices, far from an exhaustive list of possible variables, but enough to observe some powerful differences. This

What Abacus Does: Assessing the Dynamics of Issues Environments

By: Ihor Korbabicz ‘What Abacus Does’ is a companion piece to some of the public facing opinion research we post. It looks at the research through a practical lens and gives a sneak peek into the type of work we do to unearth the strategic implications and “so what” of our data for clients, causes

Newspapers in Peril?…Canadians Unworried

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto For the last few years, there have been clear signals that Canada’s newspaper industry is struggling and some newspapers may end up in bankruptcy.  In our most recent survey, we asked a few questions to get a sense of how people are feeling about this. Here’s what we found:

Globalism and Nationalism in Canada

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Around the world political behaviour is influenced by attitudes about economic development, globalization and trade, and immigration. The election of Donald Trump, support for Brexit, and far-right movements in France and other European countries is often linked to concerns about globalization of trade and political control as well as

Canadian News Media And “Fake News” Under A Microscope

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest survey, we examined a range of questions about how Canadians see the media today and their exposure to “fake news”.  Over the next few days we will release three reports on what we learned. Here’s what we found: •  People are twice as likely to say

Tensions Rising: Canadian Views on Foreign Conflict, China, & Trudeau in an International Crisis

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto For generations, Canada’s interests, foreign policy and view of the world has been aligned with that of the United States.  This alignment has not always been perfect and disputes have arisen on occasions, but today there are reasons to wonder if the future will be different from the past

Matters of Opinion 2017: 8 Things We Learned About Politics, The News, and The Internet

By Mark Blevis & David Coletto In August 2016, we explored how Canadians use the internet to discuss and debate politics, get their news, and what role Facebook plays in our news habits, opinions, and participation in public affairs and public policy.  We collected 60 pages of data and learned a lot about these topics

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