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?
1992 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion - 0.3 0.1 0.1
Aids 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1
Budget Repercussions 0.1 - - 0
Cost of Living/Inflation 1.6 1.4 1.6 0.8
Cost of Housing - - 0.2 0
Crime/Law and Order 0.4 1.1 1.4 0.8
Deficit/Public Debt 1.5 2.4 1.5 3.3
Drug Abuse 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2
Economy/Money/Interest 27.3 22.8 21.3 38.6
Free Trade 1.1 1.2 1.1 0.1
French/English Problem 0.8 0.9 1.1 0.3
Goods & Services Tax 1.1 0.6 0.7 0.4
Govt. Spending/Waste 0.3 0.5 1 0.7
Government Scandals 0 - 0.2 0
Housing/Apt. Shortage 0.1 - 0 -
Immigration/Racial Issues (not Fr./Eng.) 0.7 1.6 1.3 0.8
Low Birth Rate - - 0 0
Meech Lake Accord/Constitution 2.5 3.4 4.8 0.8
Moral Issues 0.3 0.8 0.6 0.5
National Unity 3.5 5.2 5.5 2.5
Other Health/Medical 0.1 0.7 1.7 0.4
Personal Finances 1 0.9 0.6 0.7
Pollution/Environment 5.1 6.5 4.2 2.8
Poverty/Hunger/Homeless 0.9 0.9 1.3 0.8
Poor Govt/Leadership 4.9 6.7 4.9 5.5
Recession 4.9 2.7 2.9 2.9
Social Issues 1.8 3.2 1.8 1.1
Taxes (not incl. GST) 3.9 4.5 3.2 2.1
Unemployment 30 26.3 30.1 29.5
World Conflict/War 0 0.1 0.3 0.1
Quebec Separating 3.1 2.5 2.6 0.7
Other 1.4 1 2.5 2.4
Don't Know 0.6 0.8 1 0.4
Total Sample Size 2001 2005 2019 2022
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC921 EFC922 EFC923 EFC924