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Holiday Celebrations Reborn, Regardless of What Public Health and Officials Say

By: Michael Monopoli In our latest national survey completed on November 30th, we asked Canadians about their plans for holiday gatherings. Comparing our results to last year, Canadians are significantly more comfortable celebrating with family and friends this holiday season. This year, only 12% intend to restrict their holiday plans to household members only. This

Satisfaction Levels High with Segregated Funds and Mutual Funds

On behalf of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, Abacus Data conducted research among a national sample of adult Canadians, including 709 people who had experience with segregated funds and 782 who had experience with mutual funds. This research was conducted between September 4th and October 3, 2022. Here are the key findings. •

Ford vs. Education Workers: How are Ontarians reacting?

By David Coletto On November 4th and 5th, we conducted a province-wide survey of 1,000 adults to explore initial public reaction to the labour dispute between the Ontario government and the province’s education workers who were set to strike on Friday. The survey finds: 1. There is widespread awareness and significant attention being paid to

Millions Following Emergencies Act Commission. Most are Concluding Ottawa Had No Better Choice

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto ATTENTION PAID TO THE EMERGENCIES ACT COMMISSION About 1 in 5 people (16%) say they have been following the commission hearings closely, and another 50% “a little” while 34% are not following it at all. Conservative (21%), Liberal (20%), and NDP (16%) voters are about as likely to be

COVID Anxiety Ticks Up, More Take Vaccine Boosters

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto WORRY LEVELS LOW, BUT NOTCHING UPWARD 5% are “extremely worried” or “worried a lot” about Covid19, which is only a marginal change from our last wave, but 29% say their level of concern has increased recently, which is up 10 points. The degree of worry hasn’t intensified, but awareness

Conservatives lead Liberals by 3. Liberals trail on cost of living and the economy

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto If an election were held today, 34% would vote for the Conservative Party, 31% for the Liberal Party, 18% for the NDP and 6% for the BQ. The Conservatives are ahead in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Conservatives also have a small 3-point advantage in Ontario. In

The Mental Health Crisis at Work

Almost 6.5 million Canadian workers suffer mental health distress from work By David Coletto Inflexible, unsupportive workplaces, unrewarding work and jobs that don’t pay the bills are leading factors in causing mental health distress for one in three working Canadians, who also say the problem is getting worse. Overall, almost half of Canadian workers say

Will Canadians Be Trick-Or-Treating This Halloween Night?

By Michael Monopoli Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and the spooky season is officially upon us. While some of us start to pull the long-lost sweaters out from the back of our closets, others are planning the perfect costume for Halloween night. With mask mandates no longer in effect, and Halloween night just around

Canadians’ views on Bill C-18, the Online News Act

By David Coletto Google Canada commissioned Abacus Data to design and execute a national public opinion survey exploring perceptions and views about Bill C-18, the Online News Act and to gauge public reaction to Google’s concerns about the Bill. The survey was conducted with 2,207 Canadian adults from August 19 to 26, 2022. In designing

COVID Anxiety Low, Vaccine Hesitancy up a Notch

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto WORRY LEVELS REMAIN LOW Just 14% are “extremely worried” or “worried a lot” about Covid19. Just 19% say their level of concern has increased in recent days. Both numbers are among the lowest we’ve recorded. INFECTION RATES, AND SYMPTOM REPORTS UNCHANGED A total of 40% say they are sure

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