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?
1996 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion - - 0.1 0
AIDS 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1
Budget Repercussions 1.5 0.8 0 0
Cost of Living/Inflation 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6
Cost of Housing 0 - - 0
Crime/Law and Order 2.7 3 2.1 2
Deficit/Public Debt 8.1 6.4 7 6.1
Drug Abuse 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.2
Economy/Money/Interest 16.8 13.7 13.1 13.3
Free Trade 0 - 0 -
French/English Problems 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.3
Goods & Services Tax 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2
Govt. Spending/Waste 1 1 0.4 0.5
Government Scandals 0.1 0.1 - -
Housing/Apartment Shortage - - 0 -
Immigration/Racial Issues (not Fr./Eng.) 0.9 1.3 0.6 0.6
Low Birth Rate - 0.1 - -
Meech Lake Accord/Constitution 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.2
Moral Issues 1.1 1.7 1.1 1.8
National Unity 3.4 4.6 2.6 3
Other Health/Medical 2.6 3.2 7.7 4
Personal Finances 1.1 1.4 0.6 1.6
Pollution/Environment 1.4 1.4 0.6 1.1
Poverty/Hunger/Homeless 0.8 1.6 1.5 1.5
Poor Govt/Leadership 4.5 4.6 3.8 5.8
Recession 0.2 0 0 0.4
Social Issues 2.2 2.6 4.1 2.6
Taxes(not incl.GST) 3.7 2.9 3.6 3.6
Unemployment 40 40.9 42.6 44.4
World Conflict/War 0 0.1 - 0.2
Quebec Separating 2.7 3.2 - 1.6
Education Issues 0.5 0.7 - 1.2
Other 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.4
Don't Know 0.9 0.9 0.4 1
Total Sample Size 2034 2015 2015 2000
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC961 EFC962 EFC963 EFC964