NL residents recognize dire circumstances in province; Want political leadership.

Half of NL residents think the province is likely to go bankrupt in the new few years. Most are looking for political leadership to solve the crisis. By David Coletto & Tim Powers There’s a clear sense that something must change or else the outcome will be catastrophic for Newfoundland and Labrador. That’s the message

Liberals maintain lead over Conservatives

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our first survey of 2018, the Liberals have the support of 39% of decided voters compared with 32% for the Conservatives and 18% for the NDP. The Liberals have a 3-point lead in Ontario, a 25-point lead in Quebec, and a 6-point lead in BC. In November, we

Abacus Briefing: Free trade with China?

This Saturday, John Ivison reported that Prime Minister Trudeau was headed in China in December to open talks about a free trade agreement. How do Canadians feel about China and a possible free trade agreement? In January 2016, we explored public opinion on the Canada-China relationship for Teck Resources. We found that Canadians recognize that China has become one

Liberal slippage halts with an uptick on some key indicators

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Last month we saw a four-point slip in Liberal Party support; in our latest survey the Liberals have stabilized and would win 40% support today. The Conservatives are at 32%. Both these numbers are identical to the results last election Day in 2015. In the three seat richest provinces,

Political Risk & Climate Action

For Canadian politicians, it’s riskier to ignore climate change than it is to propose solutions. By Bruce Anderson Twenty years ago, when the world’s leaders were debating the Kyoto Accord, a case could be made that politicians who chose to be early champions of action to reduce emissions were running a certain amount of political

Worth a Look – November 8, 2017

Already a week into November. Time flies eh? In this week’s edition of Worth a Look we share some great reads on demand for the new iPhone X, what neuroscience says about only children, the latest numbers coming stateside on how Americans feel about President Trump, and a reminder of the poll we released on Sunday looking

Canadian Political Leaders: The midpoint reset

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Halfway between the 2015 and the 2019 elections and with two new opposition party leaders, it’s a useful moment to take stock of what people know and perceive about the three individuals leading Canada’s largest political parties. Here are the highlights: Mr. Trudeau is obviously better known than his

Confidence in Canadian Polling

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In a considerable number of recent voting experiences, in Canada and in other jurisdictions, questions have been raised about the accuracy of polls, and the professionalism of pollsters. In our latest nationwide study, we decided to take a look at confidence in polling has held up, asking questions about

Worth A Look – November 1, 2017

 Happy hump day everyone! In this week’s edition of Worth a Look we recommend The Four by Scott Galloway. An engaging and fascinating look at four of the most influential and largest companies on the planet. We also share two pieces on generational change. One looks at the growing interest by American millennials in agrihoods – communities built around community farming.

Sexual Harassment of Women is Widespread in Canada

By Bruce Anderson There are almost 15 million adult women in Canada and according to our latest survey, almost 8 million of them (53%) have experienced unwanted sexual pressure. The prevalence of this experience is highest among women under 45. Just over one in ten Canadians says sexual harassment is “really quite common” in their

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