Articles Posted in Public Affairs

Formulating Likely Voters — Ipsos’s Approach

In the reporting of public opinion, there are few widely-discussed concepts that are as confusing or misunderstood as “likely voters”. Many poll observers think likely voters are a hard and fast classification with clear definitions; this could not be further … Read More…

Are Gas Prices Pumping Up Consumer Spending?

I’ve never fancied myself as a DJ Scream fan, but when he rips into his anthem ballad, “How low can you go, how low can you go”, how can any of us not get down with the total awesomeness we … Read More…

What’s the Deal with Black Friday Shopping?

Arrrggghhh… it’s Black Friday, it’s Black Friday! I’ve got to get to www.blackfriday.com and click on the massive red button that says “Hot Deals” before I hit the stores, crash the registers, and stuff the presents into my brown AMC … Read More…

2014 U.S. Elections Recap

Ipsos Public Affairs had a busy 2014 full of electoral research centered around the 2014 U.S. midterm election. In fact, we – in partnership with Thomson Reuters – likely have the most complete electoral research program in the United States … Read More…

Canadians’ Views on Pension Plans

An aging work force, longer life expectancy, and declining birth rates are changing the retirement equation that Canadians might once have taken for granted. We asked Canadians how much they know about their pension or retirement plan as well as how they feel about their potential retirement income.

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Men and Millennials More Likely to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Deals

Mistakes you only make once… Cell phone going off at a funeral Telling your spouse-mate-partner they could stand to lose a little weight Buying a Viking-size turkey leg at the local Carnival (eeewww) Adding insurance to a newly purchased Flat … Read More…

Canadians’ Views on Public Consultations

Public consultations are an indispensable element of effective stakeholder relations. At a time when more and more Canadians are expressing their opinions on social media, we wanted to explore how Canadians felt about public consultations in general and how they want to participate in the consultative process.

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Millennials Bank on a Better Financial Future

Well as much as I would like to say to Millennials, “pull up your boot straps, and let’s get it on”, the US is wallowing through its third decade of stagnant wage growth, and the gulf between the Top 1% and … Read More…

Mike Colledge | The Success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success, raising awareness of the disease and significantly increasing donations. Social media streams were filled with video challenges for months – you’ve likely taken the challenge yourself or know someone who has! So we asked Canadians about their awareness, attitudes and action toward the challenge. Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Public Affairs President, Mike Colledge, shares insights on one of the most viral philanthropic marketing campaigns to date.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Retirement

In 2012, the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the CDC, published its National Vital Statistics Report. I was interested to learn about the chapter called, “Deaths: Final Data for 2012”. Catchy chapter title eh? Anyhow, these fine … Read More…

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