National Newswatch

One thing COVID-19 isn’t doing? Widening partisans divisions in Canada

Jun 1 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — ABOUT 6 IN 10 APPROVE OF OTTAWA’S APPROACH TODAY. Given the health concerns and economic challenges facing the country, it is remarkable that satisfaction with the federal government’s performance has spiked upwards in our latest polling. But perhaps even more remarkable is that the divisions that marked polling in recent years are muted. People are […]

COVID-19 and Canadians’ State of Mind: Worried, lonely, and expecting disruption for at least 2 to 3 months

Mar 25 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — On Monday, we completed a comprehensive survey on how Canadians are feeling and reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the next few days, we will be releasing findings from that study. In this bulletin, we explore the anxiety caused by the epidemic. Here are the key findings: 75% are following news or information about the […]

Coronavirus: 14 million Canadians say they are hand washing more; 4 million stocking up on supplies.

Mar 9 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — Data gathered over the last several days describes some of the ways Canadians have been responding to the Coronavirus. Yesterday we documented a series of avoidance behaviours, today some additional behavioural changes. Here are some highlights: While two of out three say they have or will wash hands more thoroughly, a quarter of Canadians are […]

Abacus Data Bulletin: Canadians prefer negotiation over force but that’s not the same as support for blockades

Mar 5 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — APPROVAL OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Today 33% approve of the Trudeau government performance, 20% are on the fence, and 47% disapprove. Approval is down 4 points since last month and about equal where it was a year ago. BLOCKADES. 6% have been following the blockades by Indigenous protestors very closely, another 40% pretty closely. That means […]

Abacus Data Bulletin: Canadians engaged on coronavirus. Broad satisfaction with federal government response.

Mar 4 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — APPROVAL OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Today 33% approve of the Trudeau government performance, 20% are on the fence, and 47% disapprove. Approval is down 4 points since last month and about equal where it was a year ago. CORONAVIRUS. 34% have been following the coronavirus news very closely, another 48% pretty closely. That means 20% have […]

As 2020 begins, the Liberals maintain lead as negative impressions of the government and Mr. Trudeau decline

Jan 23 2020 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — In our latest nationwide survey, we looked at a range of political questions. Here’s what we found: LIBERALS HAVE A 4-POINT LEAD NATIONALLY, INCLUDING A 10-POINT LEAD OUTSIDE OF ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN. If an election were held at the time of the survey, the Liberals would win 34%, the Conservatives 30% and followed by the […]

Andrew Scheer or Who?

Nov 18 2019 — Bruce Anderson and David Coletto — There’s been a lot of talk about whether the Conservative Party of Canada should stick with Andrew Scheer as its leader into the next election, whenever that will be. The Conservative Party will have a vote to decide whether to hold a leadership race this spring. Here’s what our latest polling finds on the question: […]