Public Perspectives – September 2012

Public Perspectives is a monthly subscription report produced by Canadian Public Affairs which features Canadians’ assessment of their national and local economies, their personal finances and their issue concerns.

This month’s report serves up an economic and issues update revealing that Canadians (65%) are among the most positive in assessing the current economic situation in their country compared to their neighbours in the U.S. (28%). Overall, Canadians’ assessment of the national economy as well as their local economy and personal finances remains steady.

In terms of issue concerns, healthcare (44%) and unemployment/jobs (41%) continue to dominate as the top issues among Canadians across the country; however there has been considerable movement of top issues at the provincial levels.  In comparison, the issue agenda of U.S. residents’ remains focused on unemployment/jobs (56%), although its dominance has decreased somewhat recently, and on healthcare (35%), which stands a distant second.

Data for this report were taken from Ipsos Global @dvisor, a survey conducted monthly in 24 countries around the world via Ipsos Online Panel system. To learn more about Ipsos Global @dvisor, please click here.