Looks, Gender, and Ideas: Do these matter?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our polling just before the end of 2014, we conducted a small experimental study. We wanted to test how people react to the physical image of a prospective political candidate and also explore whether and how gender stereotyping affects political choice. There are clear limitations to this work,

Political Leaders’ Choices and Voters’ Perspectives

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our year end public opinion poll, we asked people to let us know whether they approve or disapprove of several of the choices made by Canada’s political leaders over the last year. The results provide good insight into how people evaluate the leaders. Here’s what we found: •

Conservatives and Liberals end 2014 neck and neck as Harper’s personal numbers improve

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto The year 2014 ends with a tightly competitive race between the federal Liberals and the Conservative Party of Canada. The two parties are within a point of each other, (CPC 34%; LPC 33%). The trend lines we see over the period since March should provide some seasonal cheer for

Follow Up to “Politics Anyone?”: Gender Differences by Age Group

Yesterday we released some new data on the willingness of Canadians to run for public office as a follow up to Bruce’s column in  the Globe and Mail.  We noted a fairly large difference between the motivations of men and women. We received a lot of positive feedback about the research and some follow up questions.

Politics Anyone? Who would run for office in Canada

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In next year’s federal election well over 1,000 people will register as candidates for different parties or as independent candidates. This willingness to participate in the political process is important to the health of any democracy. We recently explored the idea of political candidacy in our polling. Here are

The Battle for Quebec: Mulcair v. Trudeau

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In 2011, the Jack Layton led New Democrats won 59 of 75 seats in Quebec. The NDP won 43% of the vote, and the Liberals only 14%. What’s different today? The NDP are polling roughly 10 points lower than their last election result and the Liberals have doubled their

Mixed opinions about what to do in the wake of the attack in Ottawa

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Voting Intention Our latest voting intention data has the Liberals leading with 35% of committed support, followed by the Conservatives (30%) and the NDP (24%). This represents no change for the Conservatives and a slight 3 point rise for the Liberals, from our last wave (October 10th -17th). The

How Canadians Feel about the Postmedia-Sun Deal, Ebola, and Media Bias in Canada

LATEST HIGHLIGHTS Little worry about Post-Sun Sale Modest concern about Ebola Most doubt “Mainstream Media” bias In our most recent survey (October 15-17, 2014) we explored a number of contemporary issues. Here are the results from some of the questions we posed to a national sample of Canadians. National Post – Sun Media Deal Most

Introducing Matters of Opinion 2014: How information is shared & considered among Canadians

  How do Canadians share and consider information about public affairs? For a second year, FullDuplex.ca and Abacus Data partnered to explore how Canadians are using the Internet to gather and process current events, which sources of information they rely upon to arrive at considered opinions, and how they participate online in a variety of

Iraq and ISIS: Political implications of Canada’s participation

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto One of the most contentious political choices in recent months has been whether Canada should join the US and other allies in a combat role to degrade and defeat ISIS in Iraq. Our latest poll looks at how the public has been viewing the choices made by the three

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