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

Is climate change “an emergency” and do Canadians support a made-in-Canada Green New Deal?

By David Coletto Abacus Data was commissioned by Seth Klein, adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program (as part of research for a book he is writing on the climate emergency), with support from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives –BC Office, and the Corporate Mapping Project) to conduct a national public opinion

Dead heat in national support as the federal election approaches

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In an election held today, the Conservatives (33%) and the Liberal Party (32%) would match each other in national support.  The regional breakdowns of support tend to favour the Liberals at this moment, with Justin Trudeau’s party leading east of Manitoba and tied with the Conservatives in BC. The

Millennials and the short-term rental market

By Shruti Sandhu Millennials and the Canadian Housing Market have been a subject of discussion for nearly a decade. Can they afford it? What will they buy? Where will they buy? When will they buy? These are all questions that reporters, realtors, and social scientists try and answer on a regular basis. Born between the

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

Liberals and Conservatives deadlocked at 32%

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto This week we completed another national survey of 1,500 Canadian adults. With less than 100 days to go before Canadians select their next parliament, we updated our political tracking. Here’s what we found:  LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES DEADLOCKED AT 32%  If an election was held at the time of the

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