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?
1990 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.2
Aids 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1
Budget Repercussions 0.4 0.1 4.5 0
Cost of Living/Inflation 4.8 4.6 0.3 4.3
Cost of Housing 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.5
Crime/Law and Order 1.3 1 3.2 0.6
Deficit/Public Debt 3.7 4.3 1.8 5.5
Drug Abuse 2.7 1.8 11.9 0.7
Economy/Money/Interest 9.9 11 0.9 18.2
French/English Problem 1.6 1.3 1.6 2.9
Free Trade 3.5 6.5 3.7 0.7
Goods & Service Tax 3.2 3.9 0.4 7.4
Government Scandals 0.1 0 0 0.1
Govt. Spending/Waste 0.9 1 0.2 0.7
Housing/Apt. Shortage 0.5 0.4 1.7 0.5
Immigration/Racial Problems (not Fr./Eng.) 1.2 1.9 0 1.4
Low Birth Rate 0.1 6 10.1 0
Meech Lake Accord - - - 0.8
Moral Issues - - - 0.8
National Unity 2.7 2.8 10.8 3.3
Other Health/Medical 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6
Personal Finances 0.6 0.9 0.5 1.8
Pollution/Environment 17.6 16.5 16.5 9.6
Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness - - - 1.4
Poor Govt./Leadership 5 6.3 6.8 9.4
Taxes 6 7.4 3.8 4.2
Recession - - - 3.9
Social Issues - - - 0.8
Unemployment 17.3 12.1 10.5 13.1
World Conflict/War 0.4 0.4 0.2 1.8
Other 11.8 5.7 6.3 3.6
Don't Know 2 2.1 2.1 1
Total Sample Size 2002 2002 2028 2019
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC901 EFC902 EFC903 EFC904