Almost Half of British Columbians Back Territory Acknowledgments

Just over two-in-five of the province’s residents have attended an event that featured a territory acknowledgement.

Vancouver, BC [July 27, 2021] – A significant proportion of British Columbians are in favour of territory acknowledgements, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 48% of British Columbians think territory acknowledgements should be adopted before ceremonies, lectures and public events held in the province, while 26% disagree and 26% are undecided.

Territory acknowledgements are usually worded this way: “I want to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of [nation names].”

“There are some significant differences when it comes to the implementation of territory acknowledgements,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While more than three-in-five British Columbians of First Nations and South Asian origins endorse this course of action (62% and 61% respectively), the numbers are lower among respondents of East Asian and European descent (49% and 45% respectively).”

More than two-in-five British Columbians (44%) say they have attended a ceremony, lecture or public event that featured a territory acknowledgement—a proportion that rises to 60% in Northern BC.

British Columbians aged 18-to-34 are more likely to have been at a venue where a territory acknowledgement was made (58%) than their counterparts aged 35-to-54 (40%) and aged 55 and over (37%).

A majority of British Columbians (54%) believe territory acknowledgments are a positive step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, while 24% disagree and 22% are undecided.

Three-in-five British Columbians (60%) think territory acknowledgements do little to address the problems facing Indigenous peoples—a proportion that rises to 65% among male respondents and to 77% among residents of Vancouver Island.

Roughly the same proportions of British Columbians regard territory acknowledgements as a lip-service gesture (50%) and as a sincere and important practice (49%).

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from July 17 to July 19, 2021, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Pierre Trudeau Ahead of Harper as Best Recent PM for Canadians

More than one-in-five Canadians select either Justin Trudeau or Stephen Harper as the worst of the past nine prime ministers.

Vancouver, BC [July 23, 2021] – Pierre Trudeau remains the most liked of Canada’s nine recent heads of government, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 20% of Canadians select Pierre Trudeau as the best prime minister since 1968, down three points since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in July 2020.

Stephen Harper is second on the list with 16% (=), followed by Justin Trudeau with 13% (-2), Jean Chrétien with 7% (-4) and Brian Mulroney also with 7% (-1).

Fewer Canadians mentioned Paul Martin (3%, +1), Joe Clark (2%, +1), John Turner (2%, +1) or Kim Campbell (1%, -1). Almost three-in-ten (29%, -7) are undecided.

Justin Trudeau is the preferred choice for Canadians aged 18-to-34 (18%, with his father at 15% and Harper at 12%). Harper leads among Canadians aged 35-to-54 (18%, with Pierre Trudeau at 15% and Justin Trudeau at 14%). Canadians aged 55 and over pick Pierre Trudeau (29%, with Harper at 18%).

When asked who the country’s worst head of government since 1968 has been, 22% of Canadians select Justin Trudeau (+4), while 21% pick Harper (-2).

All of the remaining past prime ministers are in single digits: Mulroney (7%, +1), Pierre Trudeau (6%, -1), Campbell (5%, -1), Clark (4%, =), Chrétien (3%, -1), Martin (2%, -1) and Turner (also 2%, -1). More than a quarter of Canadians (27%, =) are undecided.

“The regional disparities are evident when Canadians assess their least favourite recent prime ministers,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “More than two-in-five Albertans (44%) select Justin Trudeau on this question, while just over one-in-four Quebecers (26%) pick Harper.”

Canadians were also asked about nine different politicians who served as leaders of the Official Opposition in Ottawa over the past five decades.

Half of Canadians (50%, -4) think former New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton would have made a good prime minister. About three-in-ten Canadians feel the same way about former Progressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield (31%, +1) and former NDP leader Tom Mulcair (30%, -2).

The rating is slightly lower for former Reform Party leader Preston Manning (28%, +2), and former Conservative Party leaders Rona Ambrose (24%, -3) and Andrew Scheer (23%, -3).

The lowest ranked former opposition leaders on this question are Stockwell Day of the Canadian Alliance (20%, -2) and former Liberal Party leaders Stéphane Dion (also 20%, -2) and Michael Ignatieff (19%, -1).

Methodology:  Results are based on an online survey conducted from July 16 to July 18, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Vaccine Hesitation Drops, Satisfaction with Rollout Rises in Canada

Seven-in-ten Canadians say they are still wearing a mask every time they go out, including 76% of women.

Vancouver, BC [July 20, 2021] – More Canadians are pleased with the way their federal and provincial administrations have managed the inoculation process related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, more than seven-in-ten Canadians are satisfied with the vaccination plans and phases outlined by their province (73%, +12 since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in May) and with the pace of vaccination efforts in their province (also 73%, +15).

A similar proportion of Canadians are content with the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government (72%, +15).

This month, almost nine-in-ten Canadians (88%, +5) acknowledge that they have already been inoculated against COVID-19, or plan to have their first shot when it becomes available to them.

Fewer than one-in-ten Canadians (8%, -5) say they will “definitely” or “probably” not get vaccinated. This marks the first time in nine different surveys conducted since April 2020 that the proportion of Canadians who plan to refuse a COVID-19 shot is in single digits.

In December 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated that it expected to have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate every willing Canadian by the end of September 2021.

“In February 2021, only 45% of Canadians expected the vaccination goal outlined by the PHAC to actually be met,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “This month, practically three-in-four Canadians (74%) believe the milestone will be reached.”

Across the country, seven-in-ten Canadians (70%, -5) say that they wear a mask every time they go out, including 76% of women and 75% of Canadians aged 55 and over.

This month sees sizeable reductions in the proportion of Canadians who are cleaning the groceries they buy to prevent infection (24%, -6) and who are losing their temper more than usual at home (16%, -4).

The indicators are mostly stable on other behavioural aspects related to the pandemic, including the proportion of Canadians who are overeating or eating more than usual at home (27%, -2),  not ordering food from restaurants at all because they fear infection (16%, +1), having a bath or shower less often (14%, -2), drinking more alcohol than usual at home (also 14%, +1) and brushing their teeth less often than before the pandemic (9%, -2).

Methodology:  Results are based on an online study conducted from July 9 to July 11, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Satisfaction with Pandemic Handling Increases Across Canada

Three-in-four Canadians think the border with the United States should remain closed to non-essential travel.

Vancouver, BC [July 15, 2021] – While more Canadians are content with the way all levels of government have managed the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of the country’s residents believe it is too soon to fully reopen the border with the United States, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, more than three-in-five Canadians (61%) are satisfied with the way the federal government has dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak, up 10 points since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in May.

“Residents of Atlantic Canada (73%) and Quebec (67%) are more likely to be satisfied with the way Ottawa has managed the pandemic,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “They are joined by majorities of Canadians who reside in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (62%), Ontario (54%), Alberta (53%) and British Columbia (52%).”

More than three-in-five Canadians are also satisfied with the way their municipal governments (63%, +8) and their provincial governments (62%, +10) have handled COVID-19.

The satisfaction rating increased in the four most populous provinces. British Columbia (71%, +10) and Quebec (71%, +10) continue to post significantly higher numbers than Ontario (51%, +9) and Alberta (46%, +12).

More than seven-in-ten Canadians (72%, +17) think the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is now behind us, while 15% (-12) believe it still lies ahead.

In spite of the fact that most Canadians think the pandemic will not worsen, 77% believe that COVID-19 is still “a very serious” or “moderately serious” problem, while 19% deem it “not too serious” or “not a problem.”

Just under four-in-five Canadians (79%, -5 since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in May) believe that all customers or visitors entering an indoor premise should wear a face covering while inside.

There are reductions in the proportion of Canadians who would like to prohibit non-essential travel from one province to another (65%, -9) and non-essential travel inside provinces (59%, -8). In addition, 71% (-8) would continue to place all travellers arriving to Canada into a mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation period.

Across the country, 75% of Canadians (-5 since May) think the border with the United States should remain closed to non-essential travel—a proportion that rises to 80% in British Columbia and 85% among Canadians aged 55 and over.

Methodology:  Results are based on an online study conducted from July 9 to July 11, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

British Columbians Split on Banning Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Half of the province’s residents worry “a great deal” or “a fair amount” about noise pollution associated with landscaping.

Vancouver, BC [July 13, 2021] – There is no consensus when residents of British Columbia are asked if the time has come to prohibit the use of a specific type of landscaping equipment, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 38% of British Columbians support their municipality enacting a by-law that would ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers, while 40% oppose this course of action.

Support for prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers reaches 48% on Vancouver Island, but drops to 39% in Metro Vancouver, 37% in Northern BC, 32% in Southern BC and 29% in the Fraser Valley.

One third of British Columbians (34%) are in favour of a municipal ban on gas-powered lawn mowers, while more than two-in-five (44%) are opposed.

Opposition to prohibiting gas-powered lawn mowers is strongest among British Columbians aged 55 and over (53%) and drops to 43% among those aged 35-to-54 and to 33% among those aged 18-to-34.

Fewer British Columbians are supportive of prohibiting electric leaf blowers (31%, with 48% opposed) and electric lawn mowers (27%, with 53% opposed) in their municipality.

Half of British Columbians (50%) say they worry about noise pollution associated with the use of landscaping equipment “a great deal” or “a fair amount”, while 44% feel the same way about air pollution.

“More than half of British Columbians aged 18-to-34 (54%) and aged 35-to-54 (51%) are concerned about noise pollution from landscaping equipment,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The proportion is lower among their counterparts aged 55 and over (45%).”

Almost two-in-five British Columbians (38%) say that a gas-powered lawn mower has been used on their property, while fewer recall the operation of electric lawn mowers (30%), electric leaf blowers (27%), gas-powered leaf blowers (20%) and reel lawn mowers (10%).

Reliance on gas-powered lawn mowers is more prevalent in Northern BC (58%), Southern BC (52%) and Vancouver Island (50%) than in the Fraser Valley (42%) and Metro Vancouver (30%).

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from June 18 to June 20, 2021, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadian Views on the United States Become More Positive

China, Iran and North Korea continue to be ranked at the bottom among 15 different nations tested.

Vancouver, BC [July 9, 2021] – For the first time in two years, half of Canadians hold a favourable opinion of the United States, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 50% of Canadians have a positive opinion of the United States, while 40% hold negative views.

“In July 2020, as the last presidential campaign was underway south of the border, only 32% of Canadians viewed the United States favourably,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The proportion of positive responses has increased by 18 points over the past 12 months.”

Three-in-five residents of Quebec (60%) have a favourable view of the United States, along with 53% of those who reside in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The rating is lower in Alberta (49%), Ontario (45%), Atlantic Canada (43%) and British Columbia (42%).

More than half of Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party (57%) and the Liberal Party (55%) in the 2019 federal election relate positively to the United States, along with 37% of those who cast ballots for the New Democratic Party (NDP).

More than two thirds of Canadians continue to hold favourable views of the five other nations that—along with Canada and the United States—are part of the G7: the United Kingdom (73%, +5 since December 2020), France (also 73%, +2), Italy (also 73%, -2), Germany (69%, -3) and Japan (68%, -3).

Canadians aged 55 and over are more likely to express a positive opinion of the United Kingdom (86%) than their counterparts aged 35-to-54 (71%) and aged 18-to-34 (63%).

More than half of Canadians (57%, -3) hold favourable views on South Korea, while more than two-in-five feel the same way about Mexico (49%, -2) and India (41%, -3).

The rating remains significantly lower for Venezuela (29%, -2), Russia (28%, +2), Saudi Arabia (23%, =), China (21%, +2), Iran (17%, +2) and North Korea (15%, +3s).

China’s favourability rating is currently highest in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (26%), but drops to 23% in Quebec, 22% in Ontario, 19% in Atlantic Canada and 18% in both Alberta and British Columbia.

Methodology: 

Results are based on an online study conducted from July 2 to July 4, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadians Losing Pride in Specific Institutions and Features

The proportion of Canadians who say they are proud of the Armed Forces has fallen by 22 points since 2019.

Vancouver, BC [July 1, 2021] – Fewer Canadians are expressing a positive emotional connection with important components of life in the country, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, more than three-in-four Canadians (77%) say they are proud of the Canadian flag, down five points since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in 2020.

At least two thirds of Canadians express pride in multiculturalism (70%, -1), the Canadian Armed Forces (67%, -7), the health care system (66%, -9) and hockey (also 66%, +2).

Compared to a Research Co. poll conducted in 2019, pride in the Canadian Armed Forces has fallen by 22 points. Canadians aged 55 and over are more likely to express pride in the Canadian Armed Forces (73%) than their counterparts aged 35-to-54 (67%) and aged 18-to-34 (60%).

This year, about three-in-five Canadians say they are proud of Indigenous culture (62%, =), the state of democracy in Canada (also 62%, -4), and bilingualism (59%, -2).

Just over half of Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election (54%) are proud of indigenous culture. The proportion is significantly higher among those who cast ballots for the New Democratic Party (NDP) (72%) and the Liberal Party (75%).

About half of Canadians express pride in the Canadian justice system (52%, -3), Parliament (50%, -3) and the Canadian economy (49%, -4).

While two thirds of Canadians who voted for the Liberals in the last federal election (68%) say they are proud of Parliament, only a third of those who supported the Conservatives (34%) share the same view.

“In 2019, 80% of Canadians said they were proud of the Canadian economy,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “This year, the proportion has fallen by 31 points to 49%.”

The Monarchy remains the lowest ranked of the 12 institutions and features tested, with 34% of Canadians saying it makes them proud, down six points since 2020.

British Columbia has the highest proportion of residents who are proud of the monarchy (44%) while Quebec has the lowest (29%).

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from June 24 to June 26, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here.

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Steady Support for Automated Speed Enforcement in BC

More than two thirds of British Columbians have approved of the use of speed-on-green intersection cameras since 2018.

Vancouver, BC [June 29, 2021] – The concept of relying on red light cameras to capture vehicles that are speeding through intersections continues to be welcomed by a large proportion of British Columbians, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 71% of British Columbians are in favour of using speed-on-green intersection cameras in the province, while 20% disapprove and 8% are undecided.

More than two thirds of British Columbians have approved of this type of speed enforcement in Research Co. surveys conducted in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“As was the case last year, support for the use of speed-on-green cameras is higher among women (74%) than men (69%),” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Residents aged 55 and over are also more likely to be in favour of this concept (78%) than their counterparts aged 35-to-54 (68%) and aged 18-to-34 (67%).”

Sizeable majorities of residents who voted for the BC Green Party (78%), the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) (76%) and the BC Liberals (70%) in the 2020 provincial election also back the use of speed-on-green cameras.

On a regional basis, support for the concept is highest in Northern BC (82%), followed by Vancouver Island (77%), the Fraser Valley (74%), Southern BC (73%) and Metro Vancouver (68%).

Automated speed enforcement works by using cameras or sensors to pick up a vehicle speeding. A ticket is then issued to the owner of the vehicle. Driver’s license points are not issued as the driver of the vehicle cannot be identified.

Majorities of British Columbians are also in favour of three other types of automated speed enforcement. More than seven-in-ten (72%, +1 since 2020) approve of the use of fixed speed cameras, or cameras that stay in one location and measure speed as a vehicle passes.

More than three-in-five British Columbians (64%, -4 since 2020) support the use of mobile speed cameras, which can be moved from place to place and measure speed as a vehicle passes.

A slim majority of British Columbians (53%, -5 since 2019) endorse the use of point-to-point speed enforcement, which relies on cameras placed at two or more distant points on a road. The average speed of vehicles that pass between points is calculated and tickets are issued to vehicles whose average speed over the distance was excessive.

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from June 18 to June 20, 2021, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Most Canadians Unwilling to Provide High Marks to Justice System

Majorities of respondents say the courts are too soft on offenders and need to address bias against Indigenous Canadians.  

Vancouver, BC [June 11, 2021] – Many Canadians appear dissatisfied with the way the justice system works in the country, a new Research Co. poll has found.  

In the online survey of a representative national sample, three-in-four Canadians (76%) say the justice system needs more resources because it takes too long to get cases dealt with—a proportion that rises to 86% among Canadians aged 55 and over.  

Seven-in-ten Canadians (71%) believe the outcome of cases in Canada’s justice system depends heavily on how good your lawyer is, an opinion that reaches 76% in Ontario.  

Three-in-five Canadians (61%) think that the justice system is too soft on offenders when it comes to criminal cases. Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election are more likely to feel this way (73%) than those who cast ballots for the New Democratic Party (NDP) (68%) or the Liberal Party (63%).  

A majority of Canadians (57%) state that the justice system has not done enough to address bias against Indigenous Canadians—a proportion that rises to 60% in Quebec.  

Across the country, 29% of Canadians give the justice system in the country a grade of 8 to 10. This positive rating is highest in British Columbia (35%), followed by Alberta (34%), Ontario (32%), Quebec (29%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (28%) and Atlantic Canada (24%).  

More than two-in-five Canadians (43%) provide a grade of 5 to 7 to the justice system, while one-in-five (21%) rate it from 1 to 4.  

Canadians were also asked about their last experience with four different components of the justice system. Just over one-in-four (26%) consider that the last resolution they received in criminal court was unfair to them.  

Slightly smaller proportions of Canadians believe their last resolution was unfair on family court (22%), traffic and bylaw disputes (20%) and small claims (19%).

“While Canadians are more likely to report that the justice system was fair to them the last time they went to court, some discrepancies persist,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “On family court, men are more likely to consider that the resolution was unfair to them (25%) than women (19%).”

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from June 3 to June 5, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

British Columbians Question the Effectiveness of Housing Taxes

The provincial government’s measures remain popular, but fewer residents think they will actually make housing more affordable.  

Vancouver, BC [June 8, 2021] – While sizeable proportions of British Columbians remain supportive of specific housing policies implemented by the current provincial government, residents are evenly split on whether they will lead to properties becoming more reasonably priced, a new Research Co. poll has found.  

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 42% of British Columbians think the actions of the provincial government will be effective in making housing more affordable in British Columbia, down 15 points since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in June 2020.  

More than two-in-five British Columbians (43%, +12) believe the government’s housing actions will be ineffective, while 16% (+4) are undecided.   Seven-in-ten British Columbians (70%, -7) agree with the government’s decision to implement a “speculation tax” in specific urban areas targeting foreign and domestic homeowners who pay little or no income tax in the province, and those who own second properties that are not long-term rentals.  

Public support for the “speculation tax” reaches 77% among British Columbians who voted for the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) in the 2020 provincial election, 73% among those who supported the BC Green Party and 67% among those who cast ballots for the BC Liberals.  

Three-in-four of the province’s residents endorse the decision to increase the foreign buyers tax from 15% to 20% (75%, -4) and to expand the foreign buyers tax to areas located outside of Metro Vancouver (also 75%, -4).  

More than two thirds of British Columbians agree with the introduction of a tax of 0.2% on the value of homes between $3 million and $4 million, and a tax rate of 0.4% on the portion of a home’s value that exceeds $4 million (69%, -7) and with the decision to increase the property transfer tax from 3% to 5% for homes valued at more than $3 million. The 5% portion only applies to the value greater than $3 million (67%, -5).  

New Zealand passed legislation that effectively banned most foreigners from purchasing real estate in the country. There are exceptions for foreigners who hold residency status in New Zealand, as well as citizens from Australia and Singapore, due to existing free trade agreements.  

More than seven-in-ten British Columbians (72%, -6) would like to see similar legislation implemented in Canada in order to ban most foreigners from purchasing real estate in the country.  

Support for this type of legislation is highest among women (75%), British Columbians aged 35-to-54 (74%), residents of Northern BC (90%) and BC NDP voters (78%).

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted on June 1 and June 2, 2021, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadians Support Paid Leave for Couples After Miscarriage

Across the country, 13% of Canadians say themselves or their partner have experienced a miscarriage.

Vancouver, BC [June 4, 2021] – A sizeable proportion of Canadians are in favour of allowing people who have experienced a pregnancy loss to have paid time off from work, a new Research Co. poll has found.

New Zealand’s Parliament recently voted to pass legislation that would allow couples who go through a miscarriage or stillbirth to have three days of paid leave.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 78% of Canadians support enacting similar legislation in Canada, while only 10% are opposed and 13% are undecided.

Support for allowing paid leave to people who experience a pregnancy loss reaches 80% among women, 81% among Canadians aged 55 and over, and 83% among British Columbians.

Across the country, 13% of Canadians say themselves or their partner have experienced a miscarriage, defined as the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks of gestation. In addition, about one-in-five say they know a family member (19%) or a friend (18%) who went through this complication.

Fewer Canadians have faced two other setbacks. Just under one-in-ten (8%) report that themselves or their partner experienced infertility, or trying to get pregnant for at least a year with no success, and 3% endured a stillbirth, defined as the loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation.

Most Canadians who have experienced miscarriage and/or stillbirth say they received enough information and support from their family (70%) and their friends (66%). The numbers are lower for their family doctor or general practitioner (58%) and their workplace (41%).

Three-in-ten Canadians (30%) who endured a miscarriage or stillbirth state that their family doctor did not provide enough information and support after the loss, while one-in-four (24%) feel the same way about their workplace.

Methodology: Results are based on an online study conducted from May 17 to May 19, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Vaccine Rollout Opinions Improve in Some Canadian Provinces

Almost two thirds of respondents think the goal to inoculate every willing Canadian by the end of September 2021 will be attained.

Vancouver, BC [May 28, 2021] – The perceptions of Canadians on the way COVID-19 vaccination efforts are advancing have improved markedly this month, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 57% of Canadians are satisfied with the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government, up nine points since a similar survey conducted in March 2021.

Majorities of Canadians are also content with the vaccination plans and phases outlined by their province (61%, +7) and with the pace of vaccination efforts in their province (58%, +10).

“The same regional differences that we currently see across Canada when it comes to COVID-19 management are also present on the vaccine rollout,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While more than three-in-five residents of Quebec (69%) and British Columbia (62%) are satisfied with the pace of vaccination efforts, only 48% of those in Ontario and Alberta feel the same way.”

In December 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated that it expected to have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate every willing Canadian by the end of September 2021.  

Almost two thirds of Canadians (65%) believe the vaccination goal outlined by the PHAC will be attained, up 20 points since a similar survey completed in February 2021.  

This month, 83% of Canadians say they have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, or plan to have a first shot when it becomes available to them, while 13% will “definitely” or “probably” not get inoculated—including 20% of those who voted for Conservative Party candidates in the 2019 federal election.  

More than four-in-five Canadians (84%, +1) agree with regulations that require all customers or visitors entering an indoor premise to wear a mask while inside.  

Three-in-four Canadians (75%, -2) say they wear a mask every time they go out, a proportion thar rises to 82% among women and 80% among Canadians aged 55 and over.  

Sizeable proportions of Canadians continue to endorse specific measures to deal with COVID-19, including keeping the border with the United States closed to non-essential travel (80%, -3) and placing all travellers arriving to Canada into a mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation period (79%, -3). In addition, 74% (=) would prohibit non-essential travel from one province to another and 67% (-1) would prohibit non-essential travel inside provinces.  

Just under a third of Canadians say they are cleaning the groceries they buy to prevent infection (30%, +1) and acknowledge they are overeating or eating more than usual at home (29%, +4).  

Fewer Canadians admit to losing their temper more than usual at home (20%, including 28% of those aged 18-to-34), having a bath or shower less often than before the pandemic (16%, -1), not ordering food from restaurants at all because they fear infection (15%, -4), drinking more alcohol than usual at home (13%, -1) and brushing their teeth less often than before the pandemic (11%, but rising to 21% among Albertans).  

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 17 to May 19, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

 

Six Communities Endorse South Fraser Community Rail Project

Almost four-in-five residents say they are likely to rely on the service for work or leisure, including 81% of those who drive a vehicle.

Vancouver, BC [May 20, 2021] – A proposal to reactivate a rail corridor for daily passenger service using hydrogen powered trains is very popular among residents of six British Columbia municipalities, a new Research Co. poll conducted on behalf of the South Fraser Community Rail Society has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of residents of six provincial communities, 88% of respondents say they support the South Fraser Community Rail project.

At least three-in-four respondents in each community are in favour of the project, including 93% in Abbotsford, 89% in Chilliwack, 85% in North Delta, 83% in North Surrey, 82% in the Township of Langley and 76% in the City of Langley.

The South Fraser Community Rail project would rely on a publicly owned 99 km operating corridor (known as the Interurban Corridor) available with passenger rights saved and protected by a previous provincial government at no cost for its use between the Pattullo Bridge SkyTrain Station and the City of Chilliwack.

The South Fraser Community Rail project would connect 16 cities and communities, eight First Nations communities, 14 post-secondary Institutions, Industrial Parks and the Abbotsford International Airport.

Almost four-in-five respondents in the six communities (78%) say they are “very likely” or “moderately likely” to rely on the service once it becomes operational—including 88% of those who commute using public transit and 81% of those who drive to school or work.

In the survey, only 32% of respondents think the Express Bus being used on the Highway 1 corridor from Chilliwack to the Carvolth Exchange in Langley fits the needs of the community and no other public transit alternative is required at this time.

Nine-in-ten respondents who have taken the Express Bus on Highway 1 (90%) support the South Fraser Community Rail project.

More than half of respondents say they are more likely to support the project because it will be good for the environment since it relies on a Hydrogen propulsion system, with zero greenhouse gas emissions (56%) and because it would allow for a commute time of 90 minutes from Chilliwack to the Pattulo Bridge—a significantly quicker commute time than the 135 minutes plus transfer time to cover the same distance with existing transit services (53%).

Practically half of respondents say they are more likely to support the project because one South Fraser Community Rail train would potentially remove 160 vehicles from Highway 1 (49%) and because the project will take three years to implement—a significantly quicker delivery timeframe than any other potential option (also 49%).

More than two-in-five respondents (44%) say they are more likely to support the project because it will cost an estimated $1.38 billion for 99 km —significantly less expensive than any other Inter-regional transit option.

Almost nine-in-ten respondents (87%) believe there must be a reactivated environmentally friendly Interurban passenger rail transit option while Highway 1 is currently being widened in stages.

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 5 to May 8, 2021, among a representative sample of 800 adults in North Delta, North Surrey, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.
 

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Vancouverites Back Temporary Bike Lane in Stanley Park

Almost two thirds of Vancouver residents support having separated bike lanes in the city.

Vancouver, BC [May 18, 2021] – The authorization of a temporary bike lane on Park Drive in Stanley Park has been met with approval by a majority of City of Vancouver residents, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative municipal sample, almost three-in-five Vancouverites (59%) think allowing the temporary bike lane until the end of October 2021 is a “very good” or “good” idea, while 29% deem it a “bad” or “very bad” idea.

Agreement with the temporary bike lane in Stanley Park is highest among women (62%), people aged 18-to-34 (69%) and Downtown residents (64%).

Majorities of Vancouverites whose weekday commute involves cycling (79%), using public transit (75%) or driving (53%) are also in favour of the decision made by the Vancouver Park Board.

Almost two thirds of Vancouver residents (64%) say they support having separated bike lanes in the city, down five points since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in November 2019.

Residents aged 18-to-34 are more likely to support having separated bike lanes in Vancouver (67%) than their counterparts aged 35-to-54 (54%) and aged 55 and over (47%).

Majorities of Vancouverites of European (68%), South Asian (65%) and East Asian descent (58%) are in favour of having separated bike lanes in the city.

Just over two-in-five Vancouverites (41%, +1) think the city currently has the right number of separated bike lanes—including 38% of Downtown residents, 41% of those who live East of Main Street and 43% of those who reside West of Main Street.

Almost three-in-ten residents (28%, -2) believe there are now too many separated bike lanes and some should be removed, while more than one-in-five (22%, +1) say there are not enough separated bike lanes and more should be added.

“Cycling infrastructure remains a polarizing issue for Vancouverites of different generations,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While only 19% of residents aged 18-to-34 think the city currently has too many separated bike lanes, the proportion rises to 32% among those aged 35-to-54 and to 36% among those aged 55 and over.”

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 5 to May 7, 2021, among 400 adults in the City of Vancouver. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in the City of Vancouver. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.9 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.
 

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490

[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadians Conflicted When Assessing the Death Penalty

Half of respondents prefer life imprisonment without the possibility of parole as the punishment for convicted murderers.

Vancouver, BC [May 14. 2021] – The views of Canadians on capital punishment did not go through a severe fluctuation over the past year, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 50% of Canadians (-1 since a similar Research Co. survey conducted in February 2020) support reinstating the death penalty for murder in Canada, while 36% (+1) are opposed and 13% are undecided.

Support for the return of capital punishment is highest among men (57%), Canadians aged 55 and over (also 57%) and Albertans (56%).

Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election are more likely to endorse the death penalty (66%) than those who cast ballots for the Liberal Party (50%) or the New Democratic Party (NDP) (43%).

When asked about their personal impressions about the death penalty, three-in-ten Canadians (29%) believe it is never appropriate—including 32% of women, 34% of those aged 18-to-34 and 34% of Ontarians.

Conversely, half of Canadians (51%) think the death penalty is sometimes appropriate, while 10% consider it always appropriate.

More than half of Canadians who support the return of the death penalty believe it would serve as a deterrent for potential murderers (53%), think it fits the crime if a convicted murderer has taken a life (52%) and say it would save taxpayers money and the costs associated with having murderers in prison (also 52%). 

Fewer supporters of capital punishment also think it would provide closure to the families of murder victims (47%) and that murderers cannot be rehabilitated (32%).

Two thirds of Canadians who oppose the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country (66%) are preoccupied with the possibility of a person being wrongly convicted and then executed.

Some opponents of capital punishment also believe it is wrong to take the murderer’s own life as punishment (50%), that the death penalty would not serve as a deterrent for potential murderers (47%), that murderers should do their time in prison, as indicated by a judge (42%) and that murderers can be rehabilitated (20%).

When Canadians are asked about their preferred punishment for convicted murderers in the country, half of respondents (51%) select life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, while one third (34%) gravitate towards the death penalty.

“Canadians appear to be fully aware of the ramifications that a possible return of capital punishment would bring,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “While half are supportive of reinstating the death penalty, significantly fewer believe it would ultimately be the most suitable way to deal with murder convictions.”

Methodology:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 7 to May 9, 2021, among 1,000 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadians Endorse “Vaccine Passports” for Mass Gatherings

Majorities of residents think the concept is a “good idea” for sporting events, concerts, plays and movies.

Vancouver, BC [May 7, 2021] – More than half of Canadians are in favour of a “Vaccine Passport” that would allow crowds to assemble during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 57% of Canadians think it is a good idea to rely on a “Vaccine Passport” to be able to go to live sporting events as a spectator.

“Vaccine Passports” would essentially amount to “Proof of Vaccination” certificates for people who have been inoculated against COVID-19.

“Almost three-in-five residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (59%) support the concept to be put in place for live sporting events,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “More than half of residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (57%), Quebec (56%) and Atlantic Canada (51%) concur.”

Majorities of Canadians are also in favour of “Vaccine Passports” for people to be able to go to live concerts as a spectator (56%) and to be able to go to the theatre or cinema (55%).

The “Vaccine Passport” is more popular when Canadians are asked about trips in three different iterations. Almost two thirds of respondents (64%) believe the concept is a good idea for travel to other countries, while 54% endorse it for trips to other Canadian provinces and 54% for travel inside their own province.

Canadians who voted for the Liberal Party in the 2019 federal election are more likely to support the use of a “Vaccine Passport” for trips inside their own province (63%) than those who cast ballots for the New Democratic Party (NDP) (54%) and the Conservative Party (53%).

While two thirds of Canadians aged 55 and over (66%) are in favour of “Vaccine Passports” for travel to other Canadian provinces, the level of support drops to 57% among those aged 35-to-54 and to 56% among those aged 18-to-34.

The level of support is slightly lower—although still a majority—for the use of “Vaccine Passports” to be able to visit a gym or fitness facility (54%) and to be able to work at an office (52%).

Canadians who voted for the Conservatives in 2019 are less likely to support the concept of “Vaccine Passports” for offices (49%) than those who voted for the New Democrats (55%) and the Liberals (61%).

Methodology:
Results are based on an online survey conducted from May 1 to May 3, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Three-in-Five Americans Want Obamacare to Remain in Place

By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans would prefer to establish a national, publicly funded healthcare system.

Vancouver, BC [April 27, 2021] – A majority of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act should continue to exist, a new Research Co. poll has found.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on the validity of the Affordable Care Act—sometimes referred to as Obamacare—in the next few months. 

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 61% of Americans say they would prefer for the Affordable Care Act to remain in place, while 28% would like to see the legislation repealed.

While 83% of Democrats and 60% of Independents support keeping the Affordable Care Act, only 41% of Republicans concur.

Almost three-in-five Americans (59%) agree with the United States moving to establish a national, publicly funded healthcare system, similar to the ones that currently exist in Canada and some European countries, while 30% disagree and 12% are not sure.

Support for this type of system is highest among men (65%), Americans aged 18-to-34 (67%), and residents of the West (70%).

“Seven-in-ten Americans who voted for Joe Biden last year (70%) are in favour of a move towards a national, publicly funded healthcare system,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Americans who voted for Donald Trump last year are deeply divided on this topic, with 45% agreeing and 47% disagreeing.”

Three-in-four Americans (75%) say they are “very confident” or “moderately confident” that America’s healthcare system would be there to provide the help and assistance that they would need if they had to face an unexpected medical condition or disease.

In addition, 71% of Americans say the healthcare system currently meets their needs and the needs of their family—a proportion that rises to 75% among men, 73% among Americans aged 55 and over and 76% among residents of the Northeast.

More than half of Americans (53%) approve of Joe Biden’s performance as president, while 42% disapprove and 5% are undecided.

Biden’s numbers are significantly high among Democrats (85%) but drop to 55% among Independents and to 21% among Republicans.

Methodology:
Results are based on an online study conducted from April 23 to April 25, 2021, among 1,000 adults in the United States. The data has been statistically weighted according to U.S. census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and here and download the press release here.

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Most Canadians Remain Supportive of Marijuana Legalization

Fewer than one-in-five Canadians are in favour of legalizing other substances, such as cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

Vancouver, BC [April 20, 2021] – Most Canadians hold favourable views on the legalization of cannabis in the country, but a sizeable proportion of consumers is not acquiring the product at licensed retailers, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 64% of Canadians agree with marijuana being legal in Canada, while 28% disagree and 7% are undecided.

Men (68%), Canadians aged 18-to-34 (71%) and Atlantic Canadians (74%) are more likely to voice agreement with the legal status of cannabis in the country.

The level of support for making other substances readily available for consumers is significantly smaller. Only 16% of Canadians believe the time is right to legalize powder cocaine. Similar proportions feel the same way about heroin (15%), ecstasy (14%), fentanyl (also 14%), crack cocaine (13%) and methamphetamine or “crystal meth” (also 13%). 

Just over half of Canadians (51%) say they have not consumed marijuana in the country. Almost two-in-five (38%) say they tried cannabis before it became legal in October 2018, while 11% only used it after legalization.

Canadians who have consumed marijuana after legalization where asked where they bought their product. Just under two-in-five (38%) say they acquired “all” of their cannabis at a licensed retailer. 

Three-in-ten Canadian marijuana consumers (31%) say they bought “some” or “all” of their product at a licensed retailer, while 20% say “none” of it came from a licensed retailer.

“There are some significant generational differences in the behaviour of marijuana consumers in Canada,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Those aged 18-to-34 are more likely to say that all of their cannabis was bought at a licensed retailer, while the numbers drop significantly among those aged 55 and over.”

More than tree-in-five Canadians (61%) think companies should be able to administer “drug tests” to any employee now that marijuana is legal, even if they do not operate machinery (such as pilots, truck drivers or crane operators). 

Support for these “drug tests” is highest in Atlantic Canada (70%), followed by Saskatchewan and Manitoba (66%), Alberta (63%), British Columbia (61%), Quebec (60%) and Ontario (57%).

Methodology:
Results are based on an online study conducted on April 11 and April 12, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

More Than Half of British Columbians Using Apps to File Their Taxes

Almost three-in-five residents (57%) say they dislike having to pay the Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

Vancouver, BC [April 13, 2021] – Most British Columbians will file their taxes by themselves, but with the help of software or apps, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 52% of British Columbians intend to use this method during this fiscal year.

Just over one-in-five British Columbians (21%) will file their taxes through an accountant or firm, while 13% plan to rely on a tax preparation company and 11% will file by themselves, but without requiring any software or apps.

“The pandemic has not changed the way British Columbians file their taxes,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “There are minimal fluctuations when we compare this year’s methods to what respondents did in 2020.”

Half of British Columbians (50%) think the provincial income tax they pay is too high, while 41% consider it adequate. 

Women (58%), British Columbians aged 35-to-54 (63%) and residents of Northern BC (66%) are more likely to feel that the provincial income tax is too high.

A higher proportion of the province’s residents think three other taxes are currently too high: the Goods and Services Tax (GST) (51%), the federal income tax (55%) and the Provincial Sales Tax (57%).

Almost three-in-five British Columbians (57%) say they dislike having to pay the PST, while 37% do not mind and 5% are not sure.

The level of animosity from British Columbians is lower for paying the GST (56%), the provincial income tax (48%) and the federal income tax (46%).

While only 41% of British Columbians who voted for the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) in last year’s provincial election dislike having to pay the provincial income tax, the proportion rises to 46% among those who voted for the BC Greens and 49% among those who voted for the BC Liberals.

Almost two thirds of British Columbians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election (65%) say they dislike paying the federal income tax. The proportion falls to 44% among federal NDP voters and to 40% among Liberal voters.

Methodology:
Results are based on an online survey conducted from March 19 to March 21, 2021, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca

Canadians Agree with Supreme Court on Carbon Tax Decision

More than three-in-five Canadians (62%) say they are personally concerned about climate change.

Vancouver, BC [April 9, 2021] – The recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that upheld the federal government’s carbon tax plan is supported by a majority of the country’s residents, a new Research Co. poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 57% of Canadians agree with the court’s decision, while 29% disagree and 13% are undecided.

The Supreme Court stated that the federal government is free to impose minimum pricing standards due to the threat posed by climate change. 

Support for the Supreme Court’s ruling is highest in Quebec (64%), followed by British Columbia (58%), Atlantic Canada (also 58%), Ontario (57%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (50%) and Alberta (47%).

Across the country, 45% of Canadians say that the carbon tax has negatively affected the finances of their household. This includes majorities of men (51%), Albertans (58%) and Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election (65%).

Canadians are divided on whether the introduction of a carbon tax has led people to be more mindful of their carbon consumption and change their behaviour. While 42% of Canadians believe this to be the case, 44% disagree and 15% are not sure.

“The notion of a carbon tax modifying the habits of Canadians is more prevalent among those who voted for the Liberals (71%) and the New Democrats (70%) in the last federal election,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Only 32% of Canadians who voted for the Conservatives share this point of view.”

The survey provided respondents with a list of 10 different environmental issues. More than three-in-five Canadians say they are personally concerned about four different matters: air pollution (64%), the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (62%), global warming or climate change (also 62%) and the pollution of drinking water (61%).

Fewer Canadians are personally concerned about six other environmental issues: the contamination of soil and water by toxic waste (53%), the extinction of plant and animal species (52%), deforestation or the clearance of naturally occurring forests (51%), the loss of tropical rain forests (50%), the depletion of fish stocks through overfishing (44%) and the maintenance of the supply of fresh water for household needs (also 44%).

Almost half of Canadians (47%) think the federal government is not paying enough attention to the environment—a proportion that rises to 54% among Atlantic Canadians and 50% among both Quebecers and British Columbians.

Similar proportions of Canadians also think their provincial government (51%) and their municipal government (48%) are not focusing on the environment as much as they should.

Methodology:
Results are based on an online study conducted on April 2 and April 3, 2021, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here. 

For more information on this poll, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.
778.929.0490
[e] mario.canseco@researchco.ca