Articles Posted in Public Opinion

Canadian Ethnic Group Use of the Internet and Twitter for Public Discourse

Some Canadians are riding the digital wave, while others are lagging behind as the internet and social media expand the number of ways people can express themselves, communicate and find information. We rolled up 20,000+ online interviews conducted in 2013 to identify which Canadian subgroups are using the internet and Twitter for social and political discourse.

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A Silver Lining to the Polar Vortex

On April 30th, Press Secretary Jay Carney reported the US economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014. Why only 0.1%? Well, it was negatively affected by 1.0%–1.5% by the drastic winter experienced across America. Sounds like the oldest … Read More…

Hispanic Youth…Living the Dream?

Imagine a world with no parents. A world where the phrase “in loco parentis” doesn’t exist. A world where Millennials rise on their own, and take control of the world! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the post post-teen, early twenty years. A time of … Read More…

Observations on Healthcare Exchange Enrollment pt.2

With yesterday’s end (1) of the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges, I thought it might be time to revisit some of the data we’ve collected on the enrollees. One of the most frequently asked questions about … Read More…

Traditional Media Alive and Well, Remains Very Widely Used Among Canadians

The battle between traditional and digital media rages on as Canadians are using a continuously expanding menu of channels and media in their daily lives.

While the media landscape continues to evolve with digital alternatives, traditional media remains widely used among Canadians. Conventional TV and radio continue to rank in the top three most frequently used media sources.

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Everything in Moderation…Including Diet and Exercise?

Ah, the first couple months of the new year – a time to regret every poor eating decision we’ve made for the last three months.  Of course, every day is a good day to start healthy eating and exercise in … Read More…

The Changing Perspectives of Young Canadians

Every generation has its share of opportunities and challenges. Generation Y (or the Millennials) has grown up surrounded with an excess of technology and devices with access to information at their fingertips. While these unprecedented amounts of new technology and information provide unique opportunities compared to previous generations, Generation Y also face high levels of youth unemployment and stagnant economic conditions for the foreseeable future.

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Bah Humbug and Back to the Man Cave?

It’s remarkable to see how much has changed since man first walked this planet. If there were such a thing as holidays back in caveman days, you can bet your “boo-pee” Captain Cave Man couldn’t wait to put the stress … Read More…

Observations on Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

The biggest question that has surrounded the launch of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges is whether they could attract enough “young invincibles” to make the enterprise financially sustainable. Or, would “adverse selection”  saddle the system with older, sicker customers … Read More…

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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