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Canadians Among Most Positive in Assessing Current Economic Situation

Canadians’ assessments of the national economy have remained remarkably stable over the past two years, with two-thirds (65%) holding positive views. These positive perceptions keep Canada among the top countries internationally on this sentiment, along with: Saudi Arabia (84%), Sweden (76%), Germany (66%) and China (65%).

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Reuters Polling Explorer: 18 Months of Data, 200,000+ Interviews & Counting

Reuters, our U.S. and international media partner, has just launched a new interactive tool featuring Ipsos/Reuters polling data from the last 18 months and counting. Reuters Polling Explorer is based on 200,000+ interviews and we are continuously polling between 2,000 and 3,000 people a week.

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Unemployment and Jobs Remains as Top Issue Among Americans

Looking at the U.S. issue agenda there is one issue stands apart from the rest – unemployment and jobs (45%). However, concern has continued to show a steady decline since June 2012, and is now at the lowest point since tracking began three years ago. Public concern about healthcare (36%) follows, and corruption (25%) rounds out the top three issue priorities.

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Corruption Emerges as One of the Top Issues Facing the Country

The public has taken notice of the various “scandals” in Canadian politics recently as corruption has emerged to challenge healthcare for top spot on a list of issue priorities facing the country.

Healthcare (40%) has been and continues to be the top national issue among Canadians. However, corruption (37%) and taxes (36%) are now very close behind, knocking unemployment and jobs out of the top three.

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When Pollsters Get it Wrong – You Have a Right to Know

In the fifth video of the “You Have a Right to Know” series, Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs explains the complexities involved in election polling, including the impact of voter turnout, voting vs. general populations, and how pollsters can do a more effective job at predicting election outcomes.

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52% of Canadians are ‘Engaged’ with Public Policy, Social and Political Issues Online

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.

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The “Fuzzy” Concept of Welfare: Conflicting Views on the Welfare System in America

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…

Americans Focused on Unemployment and Jobs

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.

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Top Three Issues: Healthcare, Unemployment/jobs and Taxes

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.

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Million Veteran Program

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.

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