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New politics of the oil sands won’t be about the environment

The oil sands remain a highly divisive and controversial topic in Canada.  Opinion is polarized by proponents of development in Western Canada and its strong opponents in Quebec.  Albertans and Quebecers are as far apart on the oil sands as possible.

MTV Canada: Almost eight in ten Canadian millennials have downloaded music without paying for it

Watch the MTV Canada News clip here In mid-January, Abacus Data asked Canadians whether they have ever downloaded music without paying for it.  Here’s what a representative sample of Canadians told us: But the interesting finding is that almost eight in ten (78%) millennial Canadians (18 to 29 years of age) said they have downloaded

Little Movement in Party Support; Conservatives Lead Liberals by 11 points

A new Abacus Data National Poll finds that although there has been little change in overall vote preference numbers, the Conservatives have widened their lead over the Liberals to 11-points. The Conservatives dominate the opposition parties among Canadians aged 45 and over, and have large leads in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and in British Columbia.  In

Ethical oil or an environmental disaster? Neither, it’s about the economy, stupid

In a fragile economy, support for the oil sands is not about ethical oil but simple economics. By DAVID COLETTO Originally appeared in the The Hill Times on December 6, 2010 OTTAWA—We have all heard stories about the environmental disaster that is the Alberta oil sands: the toxic tailing ponds, killed flocks of ducks, and

Canadians Don’t Feel the Effect of the Federal Stimulus

A new Abacus Data National Poll most Canadians say the federal government’s economic stimulus plan had no effect on their personal financial situation and a plurality believe that it is time for the federal government to start focusing on deficit reduction. The online survey of 1,001 Canadians was conducted between October 29 and November 1,

Majority of Canadians Believe the Recession is Not Over

A new Abacus Data National Poll finds that six in ten Canadians said that the economic recession in Canada is not over, while only 12% said it is.   The recession forced changes to over 60% of Canadians’ lives with 21% saying the recession caused major changes in the way they live. The online survey

Canadiens and Canucks Favourites to Win Stanley Cup

A new Abacus Data National Poll finds that over four in ten Canadians say they are hockey fans.  When hockey fans are asked which Canadian team has the best chance to win the Stanley cup, 27% picked the Montreal Canadiens and 24% picked the Vancouver Canucks. The online survey of 1,001 Canadians was conducted between

Canadians Willing to Spend More for Socially Responsible Products

A new Abacus Data National Poll sponsored by the Corporate and Community Social Responsibility Conference at Algonquin College on November 16, 2010 finds that a majority of Canadians are willing to pay more for a product that comes from a socially responsible company.  About one in two Canadians said they knew what CSR means and

Almost Seven in Ten Canadians Support Federal Tax Credit for Volunteer Firefighters

A new independent Abacus Data National Poll commissioned by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs finds that almost seven in ten Canadians either strongly support or somewhat support a proposal before the federal government to create a $3,000 income tax credit for volunteer firefighters who serve their communities more than 200 hours per year.  Nine

National Poll: Tories lead Liberals by 8 points

A new Abacus Data National Poll finds that the federal Conservatives hold an 8-point lead over the federal Liberal Party.  The national online survey of 1,001 Canadians found that among decided voters, the Conservatives are at 33%, followed by the Liberals at 25%, and the NDP at 21%.  The Green Party and Bloc Quebecois are
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