Just 1 in 4 Canadians say the economy is poor

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto As part of the national survey we conducted at the end of June and into early July, we asked a series of questions we regularly track about the public’s impressions of the economy. THE NATIONAL ECONOMY As the country heads towards an election less than 100 days away, the

Conservatives lead as 2015 Liberal coalition splinters

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto Last week, we completed a nationally representative survey of 4,015 Canadians and explored their views on Canadian politics to update our regularly tracking. Here is what we found: MOOD OF THE COUNTRY One in three Canadians feels that the country is heading in the right direction while 45% who

Another Youthquake?

Exploring the concerns, priorities, and political engagement of Canadian youth aged 15 to 30. On behalf of 10 national youth-serving organizations, Abacus Data conducted a national public opinion survey of a representative sample of 1,000 youth aged 15 to 30. Our study found several key issues of concern among youth, and dissatisfaction with the way

Housing affordability is the top issue for Millennials who are looking to achieve the dream of homeownership

By David Coletto On behalf of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), we conducted a national survey of 2,500 Canadian millennials (those aged 18 to 38) earlier this spring (April 18 to May 9). The survey explored attitudes and perceptions around housing with Canada’s largest generation. Come the time of the next federal election in

Will June 7th belong to the millennials?

By Callista Ryan   There is less than a week till June 7th – election day for the province of Ontario.   There is a question looming over the heads of Ontario’s political parties. That is, whether millennials will turn up to vote or not and if they do, where their votes will be cast. This

NL residents support Dwight Ball’s management of bullying allegations

By David Coletto & Tim Powers Earlier this year, we released polling that found Newfoundland and Labrador residents were feeling quite anxious about the future of the province. Almost half felt that life in the province has become worse over the past 10 years; about half described things in the province as pretty bad or

Millennial Month Wrap-up

By Devlyn Lalonde April has been a fun month for us here at Abacus. For the last 30 days we have been sharing our findings from Canada’s largest reoccurring study on Millennials, The Canadian Millennials Report. In our first week we learnt that housing affordability, access to good jobs, and student debt are the major

China dolls, vodka bears, and grounded eagles: Shifting Canadian perspectives of foreign governments

In the latter part of 2017 we asked 2,000 Canadians their thoughts on several foreign governments. When we look at Canada’s wider community of friends there’s a constant narrative across generations. Both Boomers and Millennials agree that our post-war allies, like Japan and Mexico (who finished at the top of our list) are awesome. Honestly,

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

NL residents recognize dire circumstances in province; Want political leadership.

Half of NL residents think the province is likely to go bankrupt in the new few years. Most are looking for political leadership to solve the crisis. By David Coletto & Tim Powers There’s a clear sense that something must change or else the outcome will be catastrophic for Newfoundland and Labrador. That’s the message

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