There are thousands of conversations happening about issues and organizations each day. As more people go online everyday they are defining the issues we discuss and making their voices heard. The growing popularity of social media use around the world has compounded the number of these conversations and provided a platform for thoughts, opinions and influence to spread quickly – far and wide.
Using our 24-country monthly Global @dvisor survey, we have been tracking online behaviour and the use of social media as it relates to discussion about public policy, social and political issues. Our latest study reveals more than half (52%) of Canadians are using social media either ‘actively’ (29%) to make their voices heard or ‘passively’ (23%) to gain a greater understanding of the issues.
Almost two-thirds (64%) of Americans believe that many low-income individuals receiving aid from the government are just looking for a free handout. The same Reuters/Ipsos tracking survey indicates that two thirds (65%) of Americans also believe that most of the … Read More…
The issue agenda of Americans has remained focused on unemployment/jobs over the last three years.
Although unemployment/jobs dominance has decreased recently, the top three issue concerns among Americans include unemployment/jobs (48%), healthcare (36%), and taxes (30%). April marks ‘Tax Season’ in the U.S., and this month’s report reflects this, as taxes have solidified its position as the third ranked issue, behind healthcare, in the last six months. Another recent shift is the surge in concern about crime and violence (22%) likely driven by issues surrounding the gun control debate.
Healthcare (41%), unemployment/jobs (39%) and taxes (30%) remain consistent as the top three issue concerns among Canadians. While trading spots periodically over the last three years, these three issues continue to occupy the top at a national level.
John Vidmar, President, Ipsos Public Affairs, USA, discusses The Million Veteran Program. The Million Veteran Program is one of the largest human genome research projects ever conducted. Commissioned by the United States’ Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the goal of MVP is to better understand how genes affect health and illness in order to improve health care for Veterans, and all Americans.
Since hitting the lowest point in mid-2009, ratings of the national and local economies have seen fitful improvement. Americans (32% very good/somewhat good) are in the lower to middle of the pack in assessing the current economic situation in their country among the 24 countries studied. This measure has improved over the last couple months.
On the heels of the 2013 Federal Budget, we turn our spotlight on the economy and despite some criticism that Finance Minister Flaherty’s economic growth projections are too rosy it appears that most Canadian concur with the Minister.
According to a study released last week by The Chronicle, US employers are finding that job candidates are lacking basic workplace proficiencies, like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. This resonates strongly with a study published last … Read More…
Global economic realities are driving constant change in the workplace, leading to significant shifts in employers’ needs and expectations. In addition to traditional qualifications, employers are now seeking candidates who have the skills to transcend national and cultural borders and … Read More…
Today, Keynans will vote for a new president. The whole world is watching as well. Why? The last Kenyan presidential election in 2007 lead to widespread violence as supporters of Raila Odinga accused Mwai Kibaki and his supporters of stealing the election. Given that politics in Kenya is often strongly linked to tribal affiliation, much of the violence was directed by members of one tribe toward those of another. At its core, much of the violence found its origins in many long-standing economic grievances. Against this backdrop, the international community has kept a close eye on this election.
One constitutional change resulting from the violence in 2007 was that if no one candidate gets a majority of the votes, there will automatically be a second round run-off election between the top two vote getters within 30 days of the first round election-day.