Top Three Issues: Healthcare, Unemployment/jobs and Taxes

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.

Since September 2012 healthcare and unemployment/jobs continue to run neck and neck for top priority. Looking at these two issues by gender, age, income and region reveals some interesting findings. Concern about unemployment/jobs ranks first among younger Canadians (41%), lower income households (44%), and Atlantic (57%) and Ontario (49%) residents. While healthcare ranks first among older Canadians (49%), higher income households (48%), and residents of Alberta (49%) and British Columbia (42%).

In comparison to our U.S. neighbours, we share the same top three issues concerns – healthcare, unemployment/jobs and taxes – but not necessarily in that order. While select other countries (UK, France, Germany, Brazil, and Japan) have some similar issue concerns as the U.S. and Canada, they also differ in certain circumstances; for example immigration control in the UK, and crime and violence in Brazil are higher priorities in these countries.

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. 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.