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Fall brings rising concern about contracting COVID-19 in Canada

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto As the world struggles with rising infection rates, Canadians are also showing heightened concern that they or a family member will become infected. Today, 46% are concerned they may contract the disease (up 9 percentage points since June) and 55% are concerned that a family member will (up 11-points

Food Fight: Hoarding, Stockpiling and Panic Buying

By Oksana Kishchuk Remember just a few short months ago when the biggest news story of the pandemic was how much we were all hoarding toilet paper? Lots has changed since then, including countless news stories of much greater consequence, but have our hoarding behaviours changed? And what are the drivers behind them? 1.Generally, we

Some modestly good news for Liberals after the Throne Speech

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto After last week’s Speech from the Throne Liberal support is steady nationally at 35%, with the Conservatives five points back. NDP support is steady at 17%. The regional breaks show the Liberals ahead in BC (by 4 points), Ontario (by 8 points), Quebec (by 7 points) and Atlantic Canada

Abacus Data Bulletin: COVID anxiety is widespread among Canadian parents

Abacus Data Bulletins are short analyses of public opinion data we collect. For more information or media interviews, contact Bruce Anderson or David Coletto. Millions of Canadian parents are anxious about whether their children are safe as school returns this fall. In our latest nationwide survey, we probed Covid-19 related anxieties and here’s what we

Liberals slightly ahead as the Throne Speech looms

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto An election today would see the Liberals (35%) slightly ahead of the Conservatives (32%) nationally with the NDP back at 17%. Since early this month, the Liberals are up by two, the Conservatives one, and while the NDP is down one – changes all within the margin of error.

Canadians expect bold action to deal with the economic and social impact of the pandemic

Earlier this month, the Broadbent Institute commissioned us to conduct a national public opinion survey to explore the kind of recovery agenda Canadians want the federal government to set in response to the pandemic. The survey found: 1. Almost half (45%) think the worst of the pandemic is still to come and only 19% think

Liberal support sags as the summer ends and O’Toole begins as Conservative leader

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto An election today would see the Liberals (33%) and Conservatives (31%) in a virtual tie in terms of national support. The NDP is further back with 18%, a level they have maintained for many months now. The regional patterns show the Liberals tied with the BQ in Quebec, virtually

Abacus Data Bulletin: Parents wary and divided on return to classes

Abacus Data Bulletins are short analyses of public opinion data we collect. For more information or media interviews, contact Bruce Anderson or David Coletto.     About one in five (19%) Canadian adults has a child eligible to get to primary or secondary school in Canada this fall, including 38% of those who are between

Liberal support recovers slightly

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto After several weeks of downward pressure caused by the WE Charity matter, Liberal support is showing some signs of recovery. An election today would see the Liberals (36%) with a 6-point margin over the Conservatives (30%) and the NDP further back with 18%. The regional patterns show the Liberals

As the pandemic goes on, the threat to live music grows

By David Coletto For video interviews by Skype or Zoom or audio interviews, please contact David at 613-884-4730 or david@abacusdata.ca In May, we published results of a national survey conducted for Music Canada to explore how the music industry is being impacted by the pandemic through the lens of concert-goers and those who consume live,

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