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?
2008 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Response %
Crime/Law and Order 2.5 1.8 1.8 0.8
Deficit/Public Debt 0.7 0.5 0.4 0.2
Child care 0.2 0.2 0.5 -
Economy/Interest Rates 14.0 11.4 37.4 52.8
Education Issues 1.6 0.7 1.3 0.6
Environment/Pollution 12.2 13.0 7.5 4.4
Farming/Fisheries/Forestry 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.3
Gas/Fuel Prices 2.7 19.6 3.6 0.4
Healthcare 18.7 13.2 14.7 5.3
Immigration/Refugees/Racial Issues 1.1 1.3 0.4 0.5
Inflation/Cost of Living 3.2 5.5 2.0 1.2
Iraq Situation/Iraq War 1.0 0.2 0.4 0.1
Kyoto Accord/climate change 1.5 1.1 0.5 0.3
Moral Issues 1.4 1.4 1.0 1.1
National Unity/Quebec 0.9 0.5 0.4 1.0
Native/Aboriginal Issues 0.4 0.2 0.2 -
Personal Finances 1.6 0.8 1.6 2.0
Poor Government/Leadership 2.4 3.5 2.5 5.6
Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness 3.6 2.0 2.6 2.6
Same-Sex Marriage - 0.0 - 0.0
Social Issues/Cutes to Social Programs 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.2
Taxes 3.3 2.6 1.6 0.5
Terrorism/Security 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.2
Unemployment 4.3 3.8 3.4 7.6
Afghanistan/Military 2.5 0.9 0.7 0.6
World Conflict/War 1.1 0.5 0.2 0.1
Canada's Place in the World 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1
Canada/US Relations 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.2
Infrastructure/Roads/Transit 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2
Government Crisis/Harper vs. Coalition - - - 3.4
None 1.9 1.3 0.7 1.2
Other 8.6 6.5 8.0 2.8
Don't Know 5.2 6.0 5.2 3.2
Total Sample Size 2026 2025 2023 2021
Question Number q1_f1 q1_f1 q1 q1
Survey EFC081 EFC082 EFC083 EFC084