Most Canadians expect foreign governments may try to influence Canada’s election

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about interference in elections. In our latest survey conducted at the end of January to early February, we explored how Canadians feel about the risks facing Canada. Here’s what we found: Most (60%) Canadians think it

Bill C-69 is not a highly controversial national issue

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto One of the most hotly debated issues in Ottawa in recent years has been the federal government’s legislative proposals surrounding major project reviews. The current bill in question is known as C-69. In our latest nationwide survey, we asked a few questions to take the temperature of the public

Most people disagree with Premier Ford on whether carbon tax will cause a recession

When Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed the federal government’s carbon tax would cause a recession in Ontario, many economists disagreed. And it seems most regular people do as well. According to the first in a series of Clean Energy Canada / Abacus Data nationwide polls: • Few Canadians (19%) expect a recession next year. If

Beyond the LCBO? Broad support for Liberalizing Alcohol Sales in Ontario

By David Coletto At the start of 2019, we explored public attitudes toward liberalizing alcohol sales in Ontario. The provincial government expanded store hours in December and has started a consultation to look at other ways of changing the way alcohol is sold in the province. Note, this survey was not commissioned or paid for

Before the Bell: Climate Change and the Environment

Will climate change and the environment be a ballot box question this year? David Coletto joins the team at the Sixth Estate and a stellar line up of guests to discuss the issue. Hosted by veteran journalist Catherine Clark, the show is broken down into three segments.  In The Pulse, we ask opinions of expert guest pundits

DIY ANCESTRY: Genetic Testing & Corporate Trust

  By: Ihor Korbabicz The research cited below is sourced from an in-depth study of how consumers’ adoption of emerging technologies intersects with data privacy and public trust. If you would like to see more analysis from our work, please reach out to Executive Director ihor@abacusdata.ca for more information.   -Direct to consumer genetic testing

I shop, therefore I am: Can Augmented Reality Save Canadian Stores?

By Maciej Czop Over a third of Canadians have already used Augmented Reality (AR) and most are interested in seeing the technology in retail spaces. Those under 45 are especially enticed by the idea of AR being integrated into their retail experience (75%). Like many new technologies, AR use in retail will probably be driven

Crystal Ball Gazing for 2019

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto As 2018 wraped up we asked Canadians to tell us how likely and how desirable a series of possible events would be in the coming year. Here’s what the results revealed: HOPES FOR 2019 • Almost everyone hopes for a scientific or technological breakthrough that can accelerate progress in

Trudeau, Scheer, or Singh: Who would most likely…

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto How people think about political leaders has to do with a lot of factors, well beyond their policy positions. Voters develop a sense of what kind of person they are, whether they can be trusted in different ways. To help shed light on how Canadians are thinking about the

Assessment of the Trudeau Government at Year End

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto OVERALL APPROVAL OF THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT Across the country, 42% approve of the performance of the Trudeau government, and 39% disapprove. Approval is down 3 points since November while disapproval is up five points. Since March 2018, the government’s approval rating has hovered between 42% and 45% with disapproval

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