Is there any middle ground in the pipeline and carbon price debate?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Two of the more contentious issues in Canadian politics, issues that may play an important role in the next federal election, are the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the idea of putting a price on carbon pollution. We recently polled Canadians to see how opinion is shaping up on these

Canadians are united in believing our country brings good to the world

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto We asked people whether they thought Canada and several other countries were doing more good for the world or more harm. Canadians are almost unanimously that our country does more good than harm in the world. The majority feel the US does more harm; results are almost identical for

Millennial Month Wrap-up

By Devlyn Lalonde April has been a fun month for us here at Abacus. For the last 30 days we have been sharing our findings from Canada’s largest reoccurring study on Millennials, The Canadian Millennials Report. In our first week we learnt that housing affordability, access to good jobs, and student debt are the major

The Wearable Revolution: Millennials are leading the wearable movement

By Devlyn Lalonde On our Canadian Millennials site we previously wrote a post on the #Selfcare phenomenon that has seized the Millennial generation -if you haven’t had a chance to read it I highly recommend you check it out. That post and your conversation got us thinking about how Millennial views on health and healthy lifestyles

Digital Halos: The next generation of social license

By Devlyn Lalonde “Silicon Valley start-up” Now tell me, after reading those words what was the first thing that came to your mind? Well, if you’ve been watching the news you probably thought of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg talking to the US Government House and Senate committees over allegations of misuse of user data. But once

Generational change in the marketplace: A question of loyalty

By Devlyn Lalonde We often hear how Millennials are disrupting traditional powerhouse brands with their serial disloyalty. For example, where the traditional choices might be Coca-Cola or Pepsi, Millennials are saying, “Neither, I’ll take the ethically brewed, organic kombucha that’s made at my local co-op.” This has been repeated in industry after industry, from financial

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

Globalization, Technology, Immigration And Politics In Canada

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In recent years, much of the political upheaval that has been seen in democracies including the UK and the US appears to have to do with the impacts of globalization and technology on the economic confidence of people.  We decided to explore how Canadians perceive these topics.  Here’s what

Disruption in the Canadian News Business

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Yesterday we looked at news bias and fake news. In our latest survey, we examined a range of questions about how Canadians access news content with a focus on TV news and newspapers. This is our second release on this topic. Here’s what we found: • About one in

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