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Pandemic + Winter Blues= Drop in Happiness?

By Richard Jenkins Last week happiness in Canada fell to its lowest point since late November. Are Canadians suffering from the winter blues? Is the pandemic taking its toll on our collective happiness? In fact, it is probably a combination of the two as the pandemic has made our winter blues more acute. January was

Moving to the country? More than 1 in 4 would love to do it.

Many Canadians would trade their current urban and suburban lifestyles for a smaller community or rural location. By Richard Jenkins Ever see the movie Funny Farm starring Chevy Chace? I may be dating myself a bit but it is a classic 80s comedy involving a couple who pick up and move to rural Vermont leaving

The Live Music Community is in Crisis

Canadians recognize the need for government support for recovery and worry about the future of live music in Canada. By David Coletto & Megan Ross For video interviews by Skype or Zoom or audio interviews, please contact David at 613-884-4730 or david@abacusdata.ca KEY FINDINGS 1. 85% of Canadians believe that the pandemic will have a

GameStop, Hedge Funds, and the Financial Market: What Canadians think and know

By Ihor Korbabicz Unless we’re talking massive sectoral job losses, fat Sienna Senior Living dividends, or a former US President gloating on Twitter, it is hard for a story about financial markets to burst into the consciousness of everyday Canadians. Let alone one about the performance of a single stock. And yet this is the

Horserace tightens as perceptions about federal vaccine rollout shift negative

Interested in a deeper dive on the latest polling in the run-up to a possible election? Register today for David’s new webinar series inFocus with David Coletto on February 9, 2021. By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest national polling data shows that an election held today would see the Liberals with 32% support

Canadians want a National Self-Care Strategy to help protect the public healthcare system

By David Coletto Cliquez ici pour la version en français KEY FINDINGS 1. Healthcare is a top issue for most Canadians as many are dissatisfied with emergency room wait times and access to family doctors. 2. Canada’s ageing population, government deficits and debt, and the COVID-19 pandemic are seen as threats to health services across

A New Year Brings Old Politics to Ontario

By Ihor Korbabicz and David Coletto The new year brings back a more familiar political reality for Doug Ford, with the Premier’s net popularity dropping from its high of +30 in the early days of the pandemic, to a peak of +35 in August, to just +4 today. Just about four in ten Ontarians have

Liberals lead by four as 2021 begins

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest national polling data shows that an election held today would see the Liberals with 35% support (unchanged from last month), the Conservatives at 31%, the NDP at 17% and the Greens at 6%. Regionally, the Liberals have a 10-point lead in Ontario and a 9-point lead in

Arts and culture during a pandemic and what will come next

By Megan Ross In the past 20 years, new technologies have disrupted countless sectors, created entirely new industries, and fundamentally changed the way we live, work, and play. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technological uptake and evolution in the most abbreviated time horizon we’ve ever witnessed. In an effort to limit the spread of the

Now and then: How have Canadian views on politics and the economy changed over 2020?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto 2020 was a year to remember, or perhaps to forget. It started with rail blockades, wildfires in Australia, and Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 572 being shot down in Iran that killed 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. A few weeks later, the Coronavirus was spreading around the world and

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