Free Trade and the Canadian Economy

The federal Conservatives have staked a lot of their reputation for sound economic stewardship on their determination to forge more trade ties with the rest of the world.  A new Abacus poll shows this agenda has a fair bit of public appeal. Canada-Korea Trade Agreement By a healthy margin of...

What Canadians Think about the Fair Elections Act

18% THINK CANADIAN ELECTIONS ARE UNFAIR 60% THINK FAIR ELECTIONS ACT WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON ELECTIONS A new national survey (March 19 to 23, 2014) shows that 18% of Canadians think elections in this country have been unfair, while more than twice as many think they have been fair (48%). ...

Jim Flaherty Leaves Job with Pretty Good Reviews

Yesterday, we just finished a national survey (lots of interesting results coming). Just before we launched the survey, I was able to include a question asking Canadians to rate Jim Flaherty’s time as Canada’s Finance Minister. Overall, he received positive to neutral ratings from...

Opinion Soft and Split on Income Splitting

There’s been much debate in Conservative circles about the merits of allowing income splitting as a way for some Canadians to see their tax burden reduced. But what do Canadians know about and think about this idea?  Abacus Data asked some questions to size up current public opinion. Who...

Harper Government Approval at 34%

In our latest national survey, we asked Canadians to rate their approval of the federal government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Overall, 34% of respondents either strongly approved or approved of the job the federal government is doing (up three points since January) while 45%...

Canadian Politics: Liberals lead Conservatives by 6

A new national survey (February 28 to March 5, 2014) shows the federal Liberal Party with a 6 point lead among committed voters, at 34% followed by the Conservatives at 28% and the NDP at 23%.  Among all eligible voters 26% said they would vote Liberal, 22% Conservative, 18% NDP and 22% are...

NL Liberals lead by 15 over PCs. Dunderdale’s resignation not improving PC fortunes yet.

According to a new VOCM-Abacus Data random telephone survey of 500 eligible voters in Newfoundland and Labrador, the NL Liberals hold a 15-point lead over the PC Party among committed voters (Liberal 49% vs. PC 34%) with the NDP well back in third at 15%.  The survey was conducted after the...

Perceptions about the Canadian Economy and the Politics Behind It

According to a new national survey conducted from January 14 to 18, 2014 by public opinion firm Abacus Data, more Canadians describe the state of the Canadian economy as poor than they did in October 2013.  When asked how the three main federal political parties would do in managing...

Who has what it takes to be Prime Minister?

New data from a nationwide public opinion survey shows that many voters believe that either Justin Trudeau or Tom Mulcair would be acceptable as Prime Minister. While 28% believe Stephen Harper does a good or excellent job in the office today, and another 29% would rate his performance as...

Harper Government Approval Down to 31%

According to a new national survey conducted from January 14 to 18, 2014 by public opinion firm Abacus Data, the Harper government’s approval rating is down four points since October 2013 and fewer Canadians believe that Canada is headed in the right direction. Direction of the Country...

Canadian Politics: Liberals 34%, Conservatives 28%, NDP 24%

  According to a new national survey conducted from January 14 to 18, 2014 by public opinion firm Abacus Data, the federal Liberal Party has a six-point lead over the Conservative Party among committed voters.  The federal NDP is in third with 24% support while the Greens and the BQ are at 7% and 5% respectively. Since our previous survey at the end of October, the Liberal Party is up one point, the Conservative Party is down five while the NDP is up two points. Among all eligible voters (the full sample), 26% said they would vote for the Liberal Party (up three since October) while 21% would vote Conservative (down two points) and 18%...

Ontario Politics – It’s about the economy and cost of living.

We have been polling the mood of the Ontario electorate for a few months now for a number of corporate clients and the results have been really interesting.  I can’t share too much of the details but with all the talk of a spring election and the Liberals running on raising taxes for...

What do Canadians think of Newfoundland and Labrador?

A new national survey from Abacus Data released today finds that a majority of Canadians outside of Newfoundland and Labrador have a positive impression of Newfoundland and Labrador. The survey was conducted as a follow up to a similar survey of 995 Canadians conducted in May 2012. This...

Battleground Toronto Centre: Are Freeland and the Liberals really leading by 11?

Yesterday, Forum Research released the results of a survey of eligible voters in Toronto Centre along with the three other by-elections being held on November 25. The survey found that Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland has an 11-point lead over NDP candidate Linda McQuaig with Freeland at...