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.
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.
As you may remember from my last post, Ipsos recently presented a medley of fun facts at the PSAMA MarketMix conference. The data was sourced from our Voice of the Northwest (VoiceNW) research solution, which provides a lens into the thoughts and opinions of Puget Sound citizens on a wide range of subjects. For those that didn’t make it to the conference, here is a summary of some key lifestyle habits of those in the Pacific Northwest.
Who doesn’t need a break, time-off, or time away from the daily stresses of our busy lives? But why are so many Americans screaming for a vacation? Maybe it’s today’s work calculus… Work twice as hard, for half the benefits, and achieve a quarter the results…
A recent study from Ipsos Public Affairs, confirms Americans’ desire to get away annually…
On the heels of the 2013 Federal Budget, we turn our spotlight on the economy and despite some criticism that Finance Minister Flaherty’s economic growth projections are too rosy it appears that most Canadian concur with the Minister.
In 2000, Robert Putnam wrote Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community in which he chronicled the decline of “social capital” in the United States. Putnam described the decline in the in-person social intercourse that Americans had used to found, educate and enrich the fabric of their social lives. Putnam also discussed the ways in which Americans have disengaged from political involvement including decreased voter turnout, lower public meeting attendance, fewer serving on committees and working with political parties. At the time, these same trends were being noted in Canada and other Western countries.
Healthcare has been a top issue among Canadians for decades. While it has been wrestled from its perch at times by sporadic issues of the day, healthcare always returns to be a primary focus for Canadians.
Our February edition of Public Perspectives features detailed findings from a recent poll about healthcare conducted by the Ipsos Health Policy Institute. The report explores issues associated with access to healthcare and Canadians’ experiences with the healthcare system.
With a new year ahead, our January edition of Public Perspectives focuses solely on the issue priorities of Canadians. The report provides an in-depth look into the most important issues of Canadians by gender, age, income and region. Below is a quick snapshot of the findings:
Comparing the issue priorities of Canadians and U.S., the report reveals we share the same top three issue concerns – healthcare, unemployment and jobs, and taxes. For Canadians, healthcare (43%) holds top spot, followed closely by unemployment and jobs (41%), while taxes (31%) trail behind.