Articles Posted in Public Affairs

The Evolution of Social Media Discussing Politics and Public Policy (2010-2014)

After more than a decade of sharing, the social media landscape continues to evolve with multiple platforms competing for our attention. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are becoming household names and a space for conversation on a range of topics. Over the past four years, the number of Canadians discussing social issues, public policy and politics online has grown sharply.

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Americans’ Appetite for Diets and Healthy Living

It’s impossible to fight it, so why worry about it? Summer diets simply don’t exist, so you need to get ahead of it in March-April-May. What? Diet and get in shape for only three months to look good? Don’t let … Read More…

Likely Voters – You Have a Right to Know

In the latest “You Have a Right to Know” webisode, Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, looks at political polling including the differences between gen pop, eligible, likely, and true voters, methods of dealing with non-voters, and the pros and cons of various models used in political polling. The “You Have a Right to Know” series is designed for journalists and informed citizens who have an interest in better understanding how public polls are conducted and presented, as well as how they can evaluate poll integrity and quality.

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Freedom 55, 65 or 75? Majority of Canadians Worry about Retirement Income

Save more and spend less. Seems like simple, straightforward advice for saving for the golden years, right?

The reality is an aging work force, longer life expectancy and declining birth rates are changing the retirement equation for Canadians. Those factors combined with stagnant and unpredictable economic conditions for the foreseeable future have majority of Canadians worried about being financially ready for retirement.

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Infographic: Ontario Election on Twitter in Review

The Ontario election campaign is in the final stretch as voters’ line up to cast their ballots tomorrow on June 12th. Over the past five weeks, we have been monitoring and analyzing thousands of comments and conversations to see how the campaign unfolded on Twitter. Every week we shared an infographic featuring the volume of buzz, sentiment around the political parties and issues resonating with Twitter users.

This week our analysis summarizes the results to date and concludes the Twitter debate has been overwhelmingly negative. The infographic below highlights the share of voice each week, the peaks and valleys of conversations along the campaign trail, and more.

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Infographic: It’s All About Dad

Man oh Manischewitz!

My father always said nobody was wiser than Al Bundy when it came to relaxing on Father’s Day. Chores, what chores? It’s time to enjoy my beverage of choice, kick back, and reflect on another year of being crowned “FOY” (father of the year).

So in Big Al’s honor, and the honor of father’s everywhere in the US, we decided to ask him and 766 of his male counterparts, 21 years and older, whether they will be enjoying an alcoholic beverage this Father’s Day.

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Infographic: Week Four of Ontario Election on Twitter (May 24-30)

The Progressive Conservatives are still leading the conversation on Twitter with 43% (-1 from last week) of the mentions as election day on June 12th approaches. Meanwhile, buzz about the Liberals continues to grow with 38% (+4 from last week) of mentions this week and chatter about the NDP decreases to 19% (-3 from last week) of the mentions. All the parties and their leader’s faced criticism in the Twittersphere.

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Infographic: Week Three of Ontario Election on Twitter (May 17-23)

Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives continue to dominate the Ontario election discussion on Twitter with 44% of the mentions, although chatter about the Liberals (34%) and NDP (22%) has increased. Negativity surrounding proposed job cuts to the public sector continues to haunt the Tories in week three. The sentiment toward the PCs is overwhelmingly negative compared to the other parties.

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Big Data – You Have a Right to Know

In this video of Darrell Bricker’s popular ‘You Have a Right to Know’ series, Ipsos Public Affairs’ Global CEO shares his insights on Big Data, including why it’s important, and what you need to be aware of from a methodological standpoint.

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Infographic: Week Two of Ontario Election on Twitter (May 10-16)

Ontarians continue to talk politics on Twitter with the bulk of the conversations surrounding the Conservatives. The Tories are dominating the discussion with 62% of the mentions, while the Liberals (25%) and the NDP (12%) trail in the debate. While the share of weekly buzz may be in the Conservatives favour, the sentiment toward the PCs remained largely negative (59% negative, 8% positive and 33% neutral).

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