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?
1998 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Abortion - 0.1 - 0.4
AIDS - 0 - 0.1
Budget repercussions 0.1 0.8 0.1 0.2
Cost of Living/Inflation 1.2 0.9 0.5 1.8
Cost of Housing - - 0.1 0.2
Crime/Law and Order 3.3 2.8 2.4 2.6
Deficit/Public Debt 4.4 2.8 3.6 2.6
Drug Abuse 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4
Economy/Money/Interest 10.8 12.5 18.5 9.4
Free Trade 0.1 - 0.1 0.3
French/English Problems 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.5
Goods & Services Tax 0.1 0.8 0.1 -
Govt. Spending/Waste 0.3 0.8 0.2 0.5
Govt. Scandals - - - 0
Housing/Apartment Shortage - - 0 0
Immigration/Racial issues (not Fr./Eng.) 1.4 1.6 1 1.1
Meech Lake Accord/Constitution 0.1 0.7 - 0.1
Moral Issues 1.7 1.5 1.3 2
National Unity 3.9 3.4 1.9 1.6
Other Health/Medical 8.7 8.9 9.2 12.6
Personal Finances 1 1.5 1.5 3.6
Pollution/Environment 2.1 2.2 1.1 1.8
Poverty/Hunger/Homeless 2.3 3.1 3.7 4.9
Poor Govt/Leadership 5.1 4.3 4.6 4.6
Recession - - 0.1 -
Social Issues 3.1 4.8 2.9 3.8
Taxes (not incl.GST) 6 4.9 5.8 7.3
Unemployment 33 32.6 30.4 29.6
World Conflict/War 0 0.2 0.2 0
Quebec Separating 5.7 2.2 2.6 1.6
Education Issues 1.8 1.8 2 1.8
None - - - -
Other 1.1 2.6 2.7 3.4
Don't Know 1.3 1.8 1.6 1.2
Total Sample Size 2013 2021 2002 2000
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC981 EFC982 EFC983 EFC984