Assessment of the Trudeau Government at Year End

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto OVERALL APPROVAL OF THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT Across the country, 42% approve of the performance of the Trudeau government, and 39% disapprove. Approval is down 3 points since November while disapproval is up five points. Since March 2018, the government’s approval rating has hovered between 42% and 45% with disapproval

Can the Conservatives win in 2019 by running against carbon pricing? It’s no slam dunk.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest national survey, we asked respondents a series of questions about climate change, the federal approach to deal with the issue, and what they know and think about the federal leaders and their approach to climate change. Here’s what we found: THE SCALE OF THE CLIMATE ISSUE

Analysis: Carbon pricing can stand a little more help from its friends

By Bruce Anderson The political debate about climate change has become highly charged by the advocacy of those least concerned about climate change and those most convinced of the urgency of the problem. But while the charges and counter-charges among these small subsets of the population rage, Canadians, for the most part, won’t align either

Political Risk & Climate Action

For Canadian politicians, it’s riskier to ignore climate change than it is to propose solutions. By Bruce Anderson Twenty years ago, when the world’s leaders were debating the Kyoto Accord, a case could be made that politicians who chose to be early champions of action to reduce emissions were running a certain amount of political

Public Attitudes on Oil, Pipelines, Climate, and Change

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto We’ve been tracking opinion about oil, energy, pipelines and climate change for several years and late this summer returned to that subject in a nationwide study. Here are the highlights of our findings: Canadians are becoming more convinced that oil will experience a decline in demand in the next

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

Trump Attracts Most Canadians’ Attention; Jobs, Climate Change & Khadr Hot Button Issues

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Donald Trump is attracting huge interest on the part of Canadians, and not because people are impressed with the President.  This month, the number of people who say he is America’s “worst president ever” stands at 49%, up 7 points in one month. Polling Canadians about the topics they

Floods caused by climate change, say most Canadians

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Canada has been facing experience significant floods in recent years, with corresponding increases in the relief costs borne by governments, and rising financial pressures on insurers and the insured. In our latest poll, we asked whether people felt this type of weather related emergency is caused by climate change.

Canadians: Paris Accord a good idea, Trump wrong to exit

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto The vast majority of Canadians (84%) say President Donald Trump made the wrong call in exiting the Paris Climate Change Accord, and exactly the same number say Canada should remain committed to the deal. Unusually, these views cross partisan lines. Even a majority of Canadian Conservative voters, who have

Should carbon be priced? Should public opinion decide pipelines?

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto In our year-end public opinion poll, we asked people a handful of questions related to climate change, pricing carbon emissions, and how “social license” for new projects like pipelines should be considered. Here’s what we found. • When it comes to Canada’s “record on the issue of climate change”

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