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?
1994 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion - - 0.1 0.1
AIDS 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.2
Budget Repercussions 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Cost of Living/Inflation 0.8 0.4 1.6 1.1
Cost of Housing 1.8 - - 0.1
Crime/Law and Order 10.6 4 4.4 3.1
Deficit/Public Debt 0.3 8.8 10.3 15
Drug Abuse 14 0.5 0.4 0.4
Economy/Money/Interest 0.5 15.8 13.5 14.6
Free Trade 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1
French/English Problems 0 0.9 0.2 0.6
Goods & Services Tax 1.4 0.3 0 0.2
Govt. Spending/Waste 0 1.1 0.5 0.9
Government Scandals 0.1 0.1 0 -
Housing/Apartment Shortage - - 0 -
Immigration/Racial Issues (not Fr./Eng.) 1.1 1.8 1.6 1.5
Low Birth Rate - - 0.1 0.1
Meech Lake Accord/Constitution 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2
Moral Issues 0.8 1.4 2.2 1.4
National Unity 1.1 2.7 2.7 1.3
Other Health/Medical 1.7 1.3 1.8 1.4
Personal Finances 0.3 0.9 0.8 1.4
Pollution/Environment 1.8 1.8 2.4 1.4
Poverty/Hunger/Homeless 0.7 0.6 1.5 1.8
Poor Govt/Leadership 3.3 3.6 3.6 4.5
Recession 0.8 0.6 0.3 0.3
Social Issues 1.8 2.4 3.1 3.3
Taxes(not incl.GST) 4.3 3.7 3.5 4.6
Unemployment 48.6 39.5 38.2 32.9
World Conflict/War 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2
Quebec Separating 0.2 3.7 2.6 4.4
Education Issues 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.6
Other 1 1.2 1 2.2
Don't Know 0.7 1 0.9 0.7
Total Sample Size 2020 2026 2001 1996
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC941 EFC942 EFC943 EFC944