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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

As the pandemic goes on, the threat to live music grows

By David Coletto For video interviews by Skype or Zoom or audio interviews, please contact David at 613-884-4730 or david@abacusdata.ca In May, we published results of a national survey conducted for Music Canada to explore how the music industry is being impacted by the pandemic through the lens of concert-goers and those who consume live,

WE Controversy undermines Liberal support and confidence in Morneau & Trudeau

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto The controversy about the WE Charity has eroded Liberal support, including among one in five who voted for a Liberal candidate only months ago. An election today would see the Liberals (34%) with a 4-point margin over the Conservatives (30%) and the NDP further back with 17%. The regional

WE Controversy takes a bite out of Liberal support and the PM’s image too.

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto If an election were held right now, the Liberal Party (36%) lead nationally – five-point ahead of the Conservatives (31%) – but Liberal support has slid four points since our last measurement at the end of June. The Liberals lead has shrunk to 7-points in Ontario, 4-points over the

Crowded Out: What Canada’s professional musicians say the impact of the pandemic has been on their lives, art, and, work.

By David Coletto The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the lives and incomes of Canada’s professional musicians. Not only have live events been cancelled or postponed this year, but the outlook for 2021 is not promising. According to a national survey of over 700 professional musicians commissioned by Music Canada, most professional

Canadian do not want to speed up return to normal activities – America is a cautionary tale.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto When asked to assess the speed at which different governments are moving to return to normal activities, most Canadians say the current pace is appropriate or things are going to fast. Few think the federal or provincial governments are moving too slowly. Most think the Trump Administration is moving

COVID-19: Almost as many feel mental health impacts as feel financial woes.

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto In our last national survey, we asked Canadians to what extent the pandemic has impacted different aspects of their lives. Here’s what we found: Almost as many Canadians report the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health as those who say it has had a negative

1 in 4 Canadians never wear a mask but making it mandatory finds little resistance

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto Last week in a national survey of 1,500 Canadian adults we asked some questions about wearing masks as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s what we found: A third of Canadians always wear a mask when they enter a public place like a retail outlet and

O Canada: Canadians, our public institutions, and the pandemic

A new poll finds Canadians are satisfied with Canada’s public institutions’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Oksana Kishchuk At the beginning of May, Abacus Data conducted a national public opinion survey commissioned by the Rideau Hall Foundation. This survey was a follow-up to research that was conducted in February just a few weeks before the

Liberals up by 11 as Conservatives stuck below 30%

By Bruce Anderson and David Coletto If an election were held at the time of the survey, the Liberals would win 40%, the Conservatives 29% and followed by the NDP at 16%, the Greens at 6%, and the BQ at 7%. Just prior to the pandemic, the Liberals and Conservatives were within a point of
Liberals up by 11 as Conservatives stuck below 30%

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