Articles Posted in Public Opinion


All Presidents have their Waterloo: Reflections on Obama’s Declining Approval Ratings

The Obama administration is definitely in a funk.  Polls of all stripes have shown a strong decline in his approval ratings.  Indeed,  Pollster.com shows that from Obama’s inauguration in late January  to mid-December 2012 his approval ratings have dropped by about 11 points—51 to 42 (see below).

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The Gronk… I mean Grinch who stole Thanksgiving!

Yes siree Bob, the last bastion of peace-relaxation-food-and-feast has been obliterated by the people who created it.  Yup… you and me… Johnny and Suzy Q. Public… along with some of the greediest and grinchiest retailers on the planet, who took a page from Whoville’s greatest annals and hijacked Thanksgiving for the foreseeable future. Question… Sit…

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From Russia with Mixed Feelings?

Who’s ready for the next round of Olympic madness? I can’t wait to dive, oooppss, I mean half-pipe, into the wide world of sleep deprivation for two solid weeks. I dream of being an Olympian every day, and seek to better understand the subtle intricacy of a gold medal curling broom sweep, or the proper…

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Traditional or Digital? Canadians’ Conventional, Online and Social Media Use

With more people going online every day, media consumption habits have undeniably changed. But, has a shift towards digital replaced traditional mediums such as television and radio?

We asked Canadians about their daily media use and the results reveal traditional media use is still alive and well, and remains very widely used among Canadians.

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Americans’ Perceptions of the National Economy and Personal Finances

Since hitting the lowest point in mid-2009, ratings of the national and local economies have shown small improvements. One third (33%) of Americans describe the current economic situation in their country as “good”. Perceptions about the national economy have improved notably since March among the higher income households, but have declined among the lowest income group.

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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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I’m a Boomer, you’re a Boomer wouldn’t you like to be a Boomer too?

To be accurate, and not embellish my life expectancy, I am a “Gen-Xer” by two years, and don’t carry the sassy tag “Baby Boomer”. Once American soldiers started to return home from World War II, the United States experienced an “explosion” of births never seen before. To be exact, from 1946 to 1964, births were…

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