Canadian Public Opinion Trends
Source Canadian Opinion Research Archive
http:///www.queensu.ca/cora/trends
Poverty
Support for Redistribution
Do you strongly/somewhat agree/disagree that the government should reduce the gap between the rich and the poor?
Year Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1986 49.6 27 13.5 6.9 2.9 2042 q35a EFC864 Environics
1990 54.5 27.7 8.5 4.7 4.6 2019 q14 EFC904 Environics
1991 42.1 32.4 13.8 8 3.6 2003 q69a EFC914 Environics
1994 44.5 30.8 13.5 8.7 2.5 1996 q9a EFC944 Environics
1998 55.6 26 8.3 5.6 4.5 2000 q7 EFC984 Environics
2006 60.7 25 6.2 5.9 2.2 2021 q11 EFC063 Environics
2008 57.1 27.1 8.4 5.5 1.8 2023 q10 EFC083 Environics
2010 49.8 30.2 9.7 6.2 4.2 2020 q12 EFC2010 Environics
Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that governments in Canada should actively find ways to reduce the gap between wealthy people and those less fortunate?
Year Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2011 54.3 28.1 8.3 6.2 3.2 1500 Q13 EFC2010 Environics
Guaranteed Annual Income
Would you favour or oppose the government providing a Guaranteed Annual Income for all people who have incomes falling below an established poverty line?
Year Month Favour No Opinion Oppose Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1980 June 66 7.9 26.2 1500 r152 DQ2 Environics
1981 March 74.3 4.4 21.3 1500 r152 DQ5 Environics
1982 September 67.2 4.8 28 1500 r152 DQ11 Environics
1984 September 73.4 2.9 23.7 1500 r152 DQ19 Environics
1985 September 77.3 3.5 19.2 1500 r152 DQ23 Environics
1990 September 66.6 5.3 28.1 1500 r152 DQ43 Environics
1991 December 68.4 4.3 27.3 1500 r152 DQ48 Environics
Reducing Poverty
Thinking about Canada over the next decade, do you think that it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely that we will be able to: reduce poverty?
Year Very Somewhat Not very Not al All DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1990 11.8 27.8 47.4 11.4 1.6 2002 q4e EFC901 Environics
1992 6.1 26.1 46.9 19.3 1.5 2019 q2e EFC923 Environics
2000 8.5 33.8 42.8 14.1 0.9 2020 q4e EFC001 Environics
Thinking about Canada over the next decade, do you think each of the following goals is very important, somewhat important, not very important or not at all important? Reducing poverty.
Year Very Somewhat Not very Not al All DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1990 79.9 17.1 1.6 0.7 0.6 2028 q14e EFC903 Environics
1992 82.9 14.2 1.7 0.4 0.8 2005 q68e EFC922 Environics
1994 76.4 19.7 2.8 0.6 0.5 2001 q3e EFC943 Environics
2003 84.8 12.4 1.6 0.7 0.3 2002 q18d EFC034 Environics
Do you think that the Proportion of Canadian children living in poverty increased, remained the same or decreased over the past 10 years?
Year Increased Remained the Same Been Reduced Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1999 76.2 15.8 8 1969 q71 EFC994 Environics
2005 71.6 18.6 9.8 1950 q47 EFC051 Environics
Other Poverty, Unemployment, Homelessness
Some people say there will always be people in society who will be hungry and homeless; it may be regrettable, but it's a fact of life. Other people say there is no excuse for hunger and homelessness in a society like ours; we could eliminate poverty if we really wanted to. Which of these views is closer to your own?
Year There will always be hunger and homelessness There is no excuse for hunger and homelessness in a society like ours DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1996 55.6 41.8 2.6 2000 q31 EFC964 Environics
When the government gives money to people through social programs such as welfare and unemployment insurance, whom do you feel benefits most?
Year Only the people who are actually getting the money All of us, because these programs make society safer DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1996 38.6 56.6 4.9 2000 q30 EFC964 Environics
Would you please tell me if you think each of the following is a very, somewhat, not very or not at all important cause of unemployment in Canada? Too generous welfare and unemployment insurance.
Year Very Important Somewhat Important Not Very Important Not at all Important DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1985 42.7 27.6 15.6 10.3 3.8 2059 q63n5 EFC855 Environics