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?
1997 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion - 0.1 0.1 0
AIDS 0 0 0 0.1
Budget Repercussions 0.2 - 0.7 0
Cost of Living/Inflation 0.6 1.9 0.5 0.9
Cost of Housing 0 0.1 - 0.1
Crime/Law and Order 2.8 2.8 3.1 2.9
Deficit/Public Debt 5.1 4.6 3.9 5
Drug Abuse 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.2
Economy/Money/Interest 11.2 7.9 10.1 11.7
Free Trade 0 0 0 0
French/English Problems 0.8 0.7 0.9 0.4
Goods & Services Tax 0.1 - 0 0.1
Govt. Spending/Waste 0.2 0.6 0.8 0.8
Government Scandals 0 0.1 0.1 -
Housing/Apartment Shortage - 0 0.1 0
Immigration/Racial Issues (not Fr./Eng.) 1 1.1 1.7 1.4
Meech Lake Accord/Constitution 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.1
Moral Issues 1.7 2.4 2.2 2.2
National Unity 2.2 5.1 4.9 4.2
Other health/Medical 4.1 5 5.6 3.7
Personal Finances 1.9 0 0.9 1.5
Pollution/Environment 1 1.9 1.4 1.7
Poverty/Hunger/Homeless 2.1 1.5 2.4 2.4
Poor Govt/Leadership 6.1 3.5 4.8 4.2
Recession - 0 - -
Social Issues 2.6 3.2 3.3 2.6
Taxes(not incl.GST) 4.6 4.1 3.7 4.8
Unemployment 44 43.9 40.1 40.6
World Conflict/War 0.2 0 - 0.1
Quebec Separating 2.1 2.3 2.6 2.4
Education Issues 1.5 2.3 2.2 2.1
Other 2.5 2.3 1.9 2.6
Don't Know 0.6 1.2 1.1 1.1
Total Sample Size 2014 2001 2008 2022
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC971 EFC972 EFC973 EFC974