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Youthquake? Public attitudes to youth civic engagement in Canada

Canadians believe youth are unprepared to be active civic leaders in their community, but most think they should have more influence on government decisions. By David Coletto As American youth mobilize and engage to change policy around gun control in the United States, Canadians have doubts about how prepared Canadian youth are to do the

Abacus Briefing: Free trade with China?

This Saturday, John Ivison reported that Prime Minister Trudeau was headed in China in December to open talks about a free trade agreement. How do Canadians feel about China and a possible free trade agreement? In January 2016, we explored public opinion on the Canada-China relationship for Teck Resources. We found that Canadians recognize that China has become one

Sexual Harassment of Women is Widespread in Canada

By Bruce Anderson There are almost 15 million adult women in Canada and according to our latest survey, almost 8 million of them (53%) have experienced unwanted sexual pressure. The prevalence of this experience is highest among women under 45. Just over one in ten Canadians says sexual harassment is “really quite common” in their

Universities, Research & Canadian Public Opinion

By Bruce Anderson Commissioned by Universities Canada, Abacus undertook a nationwide survey looking at how Canadians feel about the role of universities today and in the future.  The highlights of this study are detailed below. The large majority (78%) of Canadians express a positive overall feeling towards universities, with only 3% expressing a negative view.

More Expect U.S. to Take Military Action Against North Korea than the Reverse, 84% Say Trump Making Things Worse

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto A solid majority (63%) of Canadians are following the tensions between North Korea and the US closely.  As of the taking of our latest poll (August 11-15) 43% thought it likely that North Korea would launch a missile at the US, 47% that North Korea would launch missiles at

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 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

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

Is Prime Minister Trudeau losing the Millennials?

By David Coletto Recently, a CBC opinion journalist asserted that Millennials had “finally fallen out of love” with Justin Trudeau because of his decision not to pursue electoral reform. The argument was that electoral reform was so important to Millennials that this breach of faith was a final straw in the relationship. Millennials are those

Muslims and Indigenous People Face the Most Discrimination in Canada, According to Canadians

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our final survey of the year, we asked Canadians to tell us how much discrimination they see in our society, towards a variety of groups. To add context, we mimicked some questions that the Pew Research Center asked in the US recently. Here’s what we found: • The

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