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?
2003 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Crime/Law and Order 0.9 2 1.5 1.8
Deficit/Public Debt 1.6 1.6 1 2.5
Economy/Interest Rates 8.9 10.9 8.2 8.1
Education Issues 2.2 2.3 4.9 2.6
Environment/Pollution 1.7 4.3 3.7 2.7
Farming/Fisheries/Forestry 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.2
Gas/Fuel Prices 1.4 - 0.5 0.3
Healthcare 19.6 21.5 25.5 24.6
Immigration/Refugees/Racial Issues 1 1 1 0.6
Inflation/Cost of Living 3.1 1.6 1.6 1.7
Moral Issues 1.2 2 2 1.6
National Unity/Quebec 1.3 1.8 1.3 1
Native/Aboriginal Issues 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.4
Personal Finances 1.6 1.8 1.8 2
Poor government/Leadership 5.7 8.4 7.1 5.6
Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness 2.7 3.8 3.9 5.6
Same-Sex Marriages - - 1.5 0.2
Social Issues/Cuts to Social Programs 1.9 2.1 1.7 1.3
Taxes 3.5 4.2 4.9 5.5
Terrorism/Security 1 0.6 0.7 0.6
Unemployment 8.2 7.4 7.7 8.5
World conflict/War 11.5 0.7 1 0.9
Canada's Place in the World - - - 0.5
Iraq Situation/Possible Iraq War 10.6 0.2 0.5 0.5
SARS - 1.5 1.2 -
West Nile Virus - 0.2 - -
Mad Cow Disease - 2 - 0.5
None 1.6 1.9 0.9 1.6
Other 5.9 11.4 10.1 12.4
Don't Know 2.2 3.8 4.5 5.6
Total Sample Size 2012 2018 2001 2002
Question Number q1 q1 q1 q1
Survey EFC031 EFC032 EFC033 EFC034