Canadian Public Opinion Trends
Source Canadian Opinion Research Archive
http:///www.queensu.ca/cora/trends
Most Important Problem
In your opinion, what is the most important problem facing Canadians today?
1989 Q1 Q3 Q4
Response %
Free Trade 14.7 3.4 2.5
Pollution 13.2 20.4 18.7
Unemployment 20.3 16.1 13.6
Inflation/Cost of Living 5.2 6.8 4.9
Economy/Interest 6.5 8.3 9.6
Deficit/Public Debt 4.2 6.4 4.2
Taxes 1.9 5.2 9.1
Personal Finances 0.7 0.9 1.8
Moral Problems 0.9 1.1 1
Housing/Apartment Shortage 1.7 1 0.6
Cost of Housing 0.6 0.5 0.7
Government Spending 2.8 0.6 1.2
Poor Govt. Leadership - 4.7 4.9
Crime/Law & Order 1.7 0.7 0.9
Drug Abuse - 1.9 3.2
World Conflict/War 0.7 0.6 0.4
Government Scandals 0 0.2 0.4
Immigration/Racial Issue 2 2.9 1.8
English/French Problems 4.2 2.3 -
AIDS 0.4 1.4 0.6
Low Birth Rate - 0.3 0
Abortion - 0.4 0.7
Other Health/Medical 1.2 0.6 0.7
Budget repercussions - 1 0.1
National unity - 0.8 1.7
Social problems - 1.6 3.2
Meech Lake Accord - - 1.4
Other 13.6 6.3 2.7
Don't Know 3.2 3 2.5
Total Sample Size 2006 2002 2006
Question Number q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC891 EFC893 EFC894