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Liberals lead by 6 nationally, as COVID-19 gains as top issue

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest national survey puts the Liberals ahead by 6 nationally – and with leads in BC, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada that would give them potential to win a majority if an election were held today. • In BC, the Liberals 34% lead the Conservatives by six (28%).

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Canadians Concerned about COVID-19 Impacts

By Oksana Kishchuk Yesterday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is a day to amplify the call to action of eliminating and preventing violence against women. The issue of violence against women is a problem world-wide and also at home. According to data from a Statistics Canada survey, every

Wealth tax? Canadians like the idea.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our latest national survey, we asked how Canadians felt about two different tax ideas that have been discussed as part of an approach to helping pay for the costs of the pandemic. Here’s what we found. On the idea of a 1% tax on wealth paid by people

Mental and emotional strain of COVID-19 becoming key risk for many Canadians

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Canadians generally believe that the authorities who make the COVID-19 rules for where they live and work are finding the right balance in terms of mitigating health, economic and mental health risks, except in the Prarie provinces. Across the country, 58% say authorities are handling that challenge well, 33%

COVID-19 & Canadian Youth: Impacts, Perspectives and The Recovery

By Oksana Kishchuk In September 2020 Abacus Data partnered with 13 youth-serving agencies to undertake a survey of Canadian youth aged 15 to 30. We wanted to better understand the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, as told by Canadian Youth. Here’s just some of what we found.  (To read the full report, click
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Liberals lead by eight as Canadians say their vote is tied to COVID-19 response plan.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Our latest national polling data shows that an election held today would see the Liberals with 38% support, 8-percentage points ahead of the Conservatives. This is the largest lead for the Liberals since June and a 4-point gain in about a month. The Liberals lead in every part of

1 in 3 Canadians would take a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as its available

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto As Canada grapples with rising infection rates, the news of a potential breakthrough in the race for a vaccine today has undoubtedly stirred hopes of a quicker return to normal than may have seemed possible even a week ago. If we assume that the results of the trials continue

Fall brings rising concern about contracting COVID-19 in Canada

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto As the world struggles with rising infection rates, Canadians are also showing heightened concern that they or a family member will become infected. Today, 46% are concerned they may contract the disease (up 9 percentage points since June) and 55% are concerned that a family member will (up 11-points

Food Fight: Hoarding, Stockpiling and Panic Buying

By Oksana Kishchuk Remember just a few short months ago when the biggest news story of the pandemic was how much we were all hoarding toilet paper? Lots has changed since then, including countless news stories of much greater consequence, but have our hoarding behaviours changed? And what are the drivers behind them? 1.Generally, we

Canadians expect bold action to deal with the economic and social impact of the pandemic

Earlier this month, the Broadbent Institute commissioned us to conduct a national public opinion survey to explore the kind of recovery agenda Canadians want the federal government to set in response to the pandemic. The survey found: 1. Almost half (45%) think the worst of the pandemic is still to come and only 19% think

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