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How can Canada’s Conservative Party grow support? A gap analysis

Listen to David Coletto’s new podcast inFocus with David Coletto By David Coletto With the Conservative Party’s policy convention starting today, I took a quick look at some of our recent surveys to understand the opportunities and risks for the party heading into a likely federal election. For all of 2020 and 2021, the party’s

Everything & nothing has changed. The pandemic one year later

By: Oksana Kishchuk While reflecting on the pandemic anniversary this week I came across a Twitter account from the UK which recently started posting news articles everyday from exactly one year prior. Some of the headlines seemed old, like the ones abter lockdown measures, were eerily similar to articles I’ve seen published just a few

The Silent Wave: Those with Chronic Disease/Major Illness, Their Caregivers & COVID-19

By Oksana Kishchuk Earlier this year we conducted a study for HealthPartners, an organization connecting Canadians to Canada’s most respected and well-known health charities. The online survey fielded to a general population sample of n=3,000 and included those with chronic disease/major illnesses and their caregivers. The purpose of the study was to understand the impacts

The Reno Boom: How 1 in 2 Canadians are Investing in Home Renovations during the Pandemic

By: Samriddh Chaudhury When the COVID-19 pandemic began, daily life as we knew it ground to a halt. Vacations were canceled, reunions were postponed, and while the world outside clamoured to cope with the new realities of COVID-19, inside their four walls, Canadian families had an opportunity to reset and use this time to adapt

Are Canadians Happier than Americans?

By: Oksana Kishchuk This last week we took the opportunity to answer a question that’s been on our minds since we started the Abacus Data Happiness Monitor: are Canadians happier than Americans? We went into field late last week with surveys in both countries to answer that question. But before we get into the comparison,

Canadians & the COVID-19 Shot: Patient and Mostly Confident

Listen to David Coletto’s new podcast inFocus with David Coletto Listen to Bruce Anderson & Peter Mansbridge Wednesday’s on Smoke, Mirrors and the Truth, a podcast within Peter Mansbridge’s podcast The Bridge. By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Roughly two out of three Canadians expect to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine shot before the end

Liberals regain lead as the mood of the country brightens

Listen to David Coletto’s new podcast inFocus with David Coletto By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest national polling data shows that an election held today would see the Liberals with 34% support (up two since from last month), the Conservatives at 30% (down 1), the NDP at 18% (unchanged) and the Greens at

Charities and the Pandemic: They need us now more than ever

By Megan Ross Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, many charities have experienced an increased demand for their services in support of their communities and the groups they are serving, and a decrease in charitable donations. At the extreme, some charities have had to close their doors permanently, leaving vulnerable populations with less

I want my old life back. What Canadians are looking forward to post-pandemic

By Oksana Kishchuk It has been 346 days since lockdowns began (at least here in Ottawa) and the COVID-19 pandemic began to really interfere with out lives. There are lots of things that we haven’t been able to do during that time. Celebrating a milestone birthday in-person with family members, taking a vacation to a

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

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