Articles Posted in Public Opinion

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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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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Trudeau’s Liberals Gain Momentum: Are Canadians Ready for Change?

Since the 2011 federal election Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have gained in intended vote from 19% to 38% and now lead Stephen Harper’s Conservatives (31%) by 7 points.

Trudeau’s 19 point gain comes from both the Conservatives (down 9 points) and the NDP (24%) down 7 points since the 2011 election.

If the magic number for a majority is 40% the Liberals under Trudeau are in striking distance but does the Liberal rise represent a shift in Canadian’s expectations of government? Do we want the Liberals back in power because we have come to the realization that there is value in government? Do we believe that the problems we face, be they, declining health services, income inequality, global warming or an economy that is slow to create jobs across the country will be solved by a more active government? Or are we merely tired of the old and looking for a new style of leader and government?

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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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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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To Vacation or Not to Vacation this Summer?

What is summer, and what does it mean to me? Swinging from a tire into the river, jumping from a low bridge into the channel, playing whiffle ball until everyone in the neighborhood is ready to start a fight over … Read More…

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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