For most Canadians, the world is in trouble.

Bruce Anderson & David Coletto  Canadians may be somewhat divided as to whether the country is heading in the right direction (40%) or off on the wrong track (37%), but compared to what we see in the rest of the world, the consensus seems to be things could be worse.  Around the world, only 16%

Most Canadians would vote for the USMCA deal.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest national survey, we asked several questions about the recently agreed to trilateral trade deal (USMCA) which is proposed to replace NAFTA. Here is what we found: Across the country, 59% believe that it was a “good step” for Canada to decide to enter this agreement, based

Canadians are ready for legal cannabis

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Téléchargez le rapport en français ici As recreational use of cannabis is set to become legal on October 17, we conducted a national survey of 3,000 Canadian adults on behalf of The Cannabis Council of Canada in September to find out how the country was feeling about legalization.  Here’s

Do you love oil? Hate oil? Either way, you’re in the minority.

By Bruce Anderson In our most recent national public opinion survey, we explored one of the most contentious topics in Canadian politics – oil – and found most people don’t find it all that contentious. When asked if they loved oil, hated oil, or “don’t have strong feelings about oil, it’s just a product that has

Housing affordability is the top issue for Millennials who are looking to achieve the dream of homeownership

By David Coletto On behalf of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), we conducted a national survey of 2,500 Canadian millennials (those aged 18 to 38) earlier this spring (April 18 to May 9). The survey explored attitudes and perceptions around housing with Canada’s largest generation. Come the time of the next federal election in

Liberals and Conservatives neck and neck as the race to 2019 takes shape

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto With a little over a year to go before the start of the 2019 federal election, we polled 2,000 Canadian adults last week about how they are seeing their political choices. Here are the highlights as we see them: THE SITUATION TODAY Today, 43% say they would prefer to

Diplomatic, tolerant & ethical. How Canadians think the rest of the world sees our country.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest national survey, we asked Canadians questions about a range of international issues and perceptions. CANADA’S IMAGE ABROAD Canadians think the rest of the world sees our country is seen as tolerant (93%) diplomatic (93%) and ethical (88%). The large majority think our country is seen as

Youthquake? Public attitudes to youth civic engagement in Canada

Canadians believe youth are unprepared to be active civic leaders in their community, but most think they should have more influence on government decisions. By David Coletto As American youth mobilize and engage to change policy around gun control in the United States, Canadians have doubts about how prepared Canadian youth are to do the

Abacus Briefing: Free trade with China?

This Saturday, John Ivison reported that Prime Minister Trudeau was headed in China in December to open talks about a free trade agreement. How do Canadians feel about China and a possible free trade agreement? In January 2016, we explored public opinion on the Canada-China relationship for Teck Resources. We found that Canadians recognize that China has become one

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

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