What Abacus Does: Assessing the Dynamics of Issues Environments

By: Ihor Korbabicz ‘What Abacus Does’ is a companion piece to some of the public facing opinion research we post. It looks at the research through a practical lens and gives a sneak peek into the type of work we do to unearth the strategic implications and “so what” of our data for clients, causes

Trump Attracts Most Canadians’ Attention; Jobs, Climate Change & Khadr Hot Button Issues

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Donald Trump is attracting huge interest on the part of Canadians, and not because people are impressed with the President.  This month, the number of people who say he is America’s “worst president ever” stands at 49%, up 7 points in one month. Polling Canadians about the topics they

Liberal Support Holds with Improving Economic Mood

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto Across the country, 43% say they would vote Liberal if a federal election were held today, 12 points ahead of the Conservatives (31%), and 27 points ahead of the NDP (16%).   In Ontario, the Liberals hold a 6-point advantage over the Conservatives, in BC, their lead is 13. 

Newspapers in Peril?…Canadians Unworried

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto For the last few years, there have been clear signals that Canada’s newspaper industry is struggling and some newspapers may end up in bankruptcy.  In our most recent survey, we asked a few questions to get a sense of how people are feeling about this. Here’s what we found:

Trump and Canadians: it’s Not Going Well

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Following President Trump’s trip to the Middle East and Europe, we decided to ask Canadians how they were feeling about the new President, a little over 100 days into his term in office. Here’s what we found: Very few (10%) think Mr. Trump represented America well at the G7

Floods caused by climate change, say most Canadians

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Canada has been facing experience significant floods in recent years, with corresponding increases in the relief costs borne by governments, and rising financial pressures on insurers and the insured. In our latest poll, we asked whether people felt this type of weather related emergency is caused by climate change.

Canadians: Paris Accord a good idea, Trump wrong to exit

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto The vast majority of Canadians (84%) say President Donald Trump made the wrong call in exiting the Paris Climate Change Accord, and exactly the same number say Canada should remain committed to the deal. Unusually, these views cross partisan lines. Even a majority of Canadian Conservative voters, who have

The numbers don’t lie. The Conservatives have a Millennial problem they have to deal with.

By David Coletto As the Conservative Party is set to announce its second leader in the party’s short history (since merging the PC Party and Canadian Alliance), a lot of the debate within the party and among commentators has been about how the party needs to engage with and appeal to Millennial voters. I crunched some

As Conservatives Choose and the NDP Race Heats Up, Where Things Stand in Canadian Politics.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto It’s been just over a year and a half since the last federal election. Conservatives across the country have been mailing in ballots and their new leader will be known next weekend. The NDP race may now have a final lineup set and switch into a higher gear. As

Transition from Fossil Fuels? Not all that Controversial.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto One of the most topical political debates in Canada in recent months has been about how much our economy should depend in the future on harnessing fossil fuel resources. In our latest survey, we decided to do some more probing to understand current feelings. • Canadians tend to believe

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