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Niqabs, Hijabs, Anxiety and Accommodation

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto UPDATED at 12:15pm ET Our latest nationwide study of public opinion included questions about the rights of Muslim women to wear the hijab or the niqab. To assist respondents in considering this topic, we showed them pictures of both garments, and asked separate questions about each. Highlights • 51%

Canada’s mission against ISIL: What comes next?

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto In our latest nationwide poll, we asked some questions about Canada’s mission against ISIS/ISIL. Here are the results: When informed that the Government of Canada must soon decide whether to continue or end our participation in the mission, 43% felt that Canada should continue, while 38% said that Canada should

Conservatives and Liberals locked in dead heat. Eve Adams defection reactions mixed.

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto Our latest nationwide polling explored a number of topics, which we will post over the next week. For this initial release, we look at the headline numbers as well as reactions to the high profile floor crossing of MP Eve Adams. Our findings: Across Canada, 35% of decided voters

Party Leaders are People Too

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto Our latest nationwide study of political opinion included some questions that were intended to explore what underlying perceptions Canadians have about the traits and talents of the three main party leaders. We posed a series of 16 different questions, and asked respondents to indicate which of the three leaders

Federal Tories and Liberals in a Dead Heat

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto For interviews, or to find out about our services, please contact Bruce Anderson at banderson@abacusdata.ca (613-882-0929) or CEO David Coletto at david@abacusdata.ca (613-232-2806) Our latest nationwide study of political opinion looked at headline data as well as some probing about the different leaders. This release focuses on the main

Economic anxiety on the rise; Canadians want pragmatic policy making

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto Only a few months ago, roughly two thirds (64%) of Canadians surveyed said they thought the economy was in good shape. Today, that view is held by just over one in two (54%). What’s more, the number of people who fear that things will get worse has doubled from

Looks, Gender, and Ideas: Do these matter?

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our polling just before the end of 2014, we conducted a small experimental study. We wanted to test how people react to the physical image of a prospective political candidate and also explore whether and how gender stereotyping affects political choice. There are clear limitations to this work,

Political Leaders’ Choices and Voters’ Perspectives

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our year end public opinion poll, we asked people to let us know whether they approve or disapprove of several of the choices made by Canada’s political leaders over the last year. The results provide good insight into how people evaluate the leaders. Here’s what we found: •

Conservatives and Liberals end 2014 neck and neck as Harper’s personal numbers improve

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto The year 2014 ends with a tightly competitive race between the federal Liberals and the Conservative Party of Canada. The two parties are within a point of each other, (CPC 34%; LPC 33%). The trend lines we see over the period since March should provide some seasonal cheer for

Follow Up to “Politics Anyone?”: Gender Differences by Age Group

Yesterday we released some new data on the willingness of Canadians to run for public office as a follow up to Bruce’s column in  the Globe and Mail.  We noted a fairly large difference between the motivations of men and women. We received a lot of positive feedback about the research and some follow up questions.

Good decisions require good data.