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The numbers don’t lie. The Conservatives have a Millennial problem they have to deal with.

By David Coletto As the Conservative Party is set to announce its second leader in the party’s short history (since merging the PC Party and Canadian Alliance), a lot of the debate within the party and among commentators has been about how the party needs to engage with and appeal to Millennial voters. I crunched some

A Tepid Economic Temperature: Is Class Conflict Coming to Canada?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Over the years, we’ve explored how people feel about the economy in a number of different ways. In our latest survey, we were interested to see what we would find if we used the same questions Gallup has used to measure the sentiments of Americans and to see how
A Tepid Economic Temperature: Is Class Conflict Coming to Canada?

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
Disruption in the Canadian News Business

Was Kevin O’Leary the Conservative Party’s best hope to beat Trudeau? Data suggests he wasn’t.

By David Coletto Yesterday, Kevin O’Leary shocked many, including myself, by dropping out of the Conservative Party leadership race. In announcing his decision, O’Leary claimed that while he thought he could win the leadership, he feared he would be unable to win a general election because of an inability to win enough support in Quebec.
Was Kevin O’Leary the Conservative Party’s best hope to beat Trudeau? Data suggests he wasn’t.

Is Prime Minister Trudeau losing the Millennials?

By David Coletto Recently, a CBC opinion journalist asserted that Millennials had “finally fallen out of love” with Justin Trudeau because of his decision not to pursue electoral reform. The argument was that electoral reform was so important to Millennials that this breach of faith was a final straw in the relationship. Millennials are those
Is Prime Minister Trudeau losing the Millennials?

Team Abacus Data Rides to End MS; Raises almost $9,000

On August 11, thirteen rides set out from the Legion in Metcalfe (in the City of Ottawa) to Cornwall for the 2012 edition of the MS Bike Tour. The weather held out for most of ride until the end when the rain (and some hail) came and cooled us down. We had one flat tire

OUSA: What Ontarians Think about Post-Secondary Education

Republished from Educated Solutions: The Affordability Issue (Issue 8, November 2011) By David Coletto, Ph.D CEO, Abacus Data Inc. For the complete results of OUSA’s recent public opinion polling with Abacus Data, click here. The recent provincial election campaign in Ontario was dominated by debates over taxes, the economy, and who was best to lead Ontario through what

Methodology of the Abacus Data National Poll

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be releasing a number of studies from an omnibus survey we conducted last weekend (October 29 to November 1). We interviewed 1,001 Canadians who were randomly selected from a national online panel of about 400,000 Canadians.  We partnered with a very respectable, online research company called

Making Polls Relevant: Confessions of a pollster

Today in the Times and Transcript, Alec Bruce argues the news media’s attention to polls has weakened the relevance of political journalism.  He writes, “What’s particularly edifying or newsworthy about polls that show Messrs. Harper and Ignatieff enjoy essentially the same level of popular support today that they did last week, last month or even last

UK moves closer to electoral reform. What if we had Alternative Vote in Canada?

On Monday, the British House of Commons passed a Bill setting out a May 5th referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) system by a vote of 328 to 269. There was some talk that renegade Tory backbenchers may vote against it in opposition to the date scheduled for the vote (to be held in conjunction
Good decisions require good data.