Introducing the 19% of voters who could decide this election

By David Coletto In Abacus Data’s last political update, I noted that we should not assume that NDP or Green Party voters will vote strategically for the Liberals if it appears the Conservatives and Andrew Scheer appear likely to win the election. To explore this idea in more depth, I returned to the dataset to

Elections begins with a tie but high potential for shifts during the campaign

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto  We completed our latest national survey the day before the official election campaign began. Here’s where things stand at the start of the campaign:  LIBERALS LEAD IN ATLANTIC AND QUEBEC, CONSERVATIVES ON THE PRAIRIES. BC AND ONTARIO ARE TWO HORSE RACES. If an election were held at the time

1 in 2 Canadians say action to reduce emissions is “urgent”

Most say they can and should do more personally. As the country enters an election campaign, the latest Abacus Data – Clean Energy Canada poll reveals that 9 in 10 voters see climate action as important or urgent.  And most people think they both can and should do more personally to help combat the threat.

Extreme weather spurs demand for climate action

GREENLAND MELTING, AMAZON BURNING LATEST SIGNS From hurricanes to melting ice in Greenland, the large majority of Canadians believe that these situations are linked to human- and industrial- caused climate change, and it’s causing them to expect more policy action from governments according to a new poll conducted by Abacus Data with Clean Energy Canada.

Election 2019: A tale of two (or more) races

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto  In our recent national survey of 4,549 Canadians, completed on August 28, we asked our usual political tracking questions.  Here’s what we found:  LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES DEADLOCKED IN POPULAR VOTE  If an election were held at the time of the survey, the Conservatives (34%) and Liberals (33%) would capture

Would you rather work in a unionized or non-unionized job? We asked Canadians.

By David Coletto In our most recent national survey of 2,903 Canadian adults, we asked: “If you had the choice between working in a job that was unionized or not unionized, which would you choose?” Overall, slightly more Canadians would prefer to have a unionized job than one that is not unionized. 42% preferred a

Google Search Trends and the 2019 Canadian Election

Along with polling data, there are other data sources that can offer some insight into the dynamics of the election campaign. Looking at what Canadians are searching for on Google is of particular interest. Not only because Google provides real-time, comparable data, but search behaviour can tell us what Canadians are interested in and looking

What impact did the Ethics Commissioner’s report have on the political landscape? Not much it seems.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto We were in the field immediately after the release of the Ethics Commissioners report on the SNC Lavalin matter, and through the following several days. Here’s what our national survey of 2,152 respondents reveals: SNC – LAVALIN: FEW MINDS CHANGED. MORE OF THOSE WHO DID SAW A STORY OF

Has Canada been worth it? Views on leaving Confederation

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our most recent national survey of 1,500 Canadian adults, we asked respondents about whether being part of Canada has been a good or bad thing for their province and whether they would vote to leave or stay in Canada if given an option to do so. Here’s what

Sour Canada-China Relations: Canadians blame China

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest national survey, we asked a few questions about the Canada-China relationship. Here’s what we found: CHINA TRYING TO BULLY CANADA, AND SHOULD STAND DOWN The relationship between Canada and China has been going through a challenging period and while many Canadians may not be following all

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