News Release

Nanos-IRPP Mood of Canada Survey 2018

January 4, 2019 Print

A newly released tracking study on the Mood of Canada by Nanos Research in conjunction with the Institute for Research on Public Policy suggests that Canadians continue to be more critical of the Trudeau government’s performance since 2015, with findings consistent to those in 2017, and the number of Canadians who say the country is moving in the right direction slightly decreased from the 2017 findings. Overall, the Federal-Provincial relations measure has also continued its negative trend since 2015, while Canada’s global reputation measure continued to decrease from its ten-year high in 2016, according to Canadians.

  • Performance of the Federal Government: Over four in ten Canadians say the performance of the Federal Liberal Government as very poor (26%) or somewhat poor (15%), while 23 per cent say it is average, and more than three in ten say it is very good (10%) or somewhat good (25%). One per cent are unsure. While these figures are steady with 2017 findings, this represents a 27 point decrease in “very good” and a 14 point increase in “very poor” since 2015.
  • Direction of the country: When asked whether the country is moving in the right or the wrong direction, 47 per cent of Canadians say the right direction (down from 50% in 2017) and 39 per cent say the wrong direction (up from 34% in 2017). Fourteen per cent are unsure.
  • Federal-Provincial relations: Over half of Canadians say that over the past year the relationship between federal and provincial governments has not improved (30%) or somewhat not improved (27%), while 26 per cent say it is neutral, and more than one in ten say it has improved (three per cent) or somewhat improved (ten per cent). Four per cent are unsure. This represents a 22 point decrease in “improved” and 20 point increase in “not improved” since 2015.
  • Canada’s global reputation: Over four in ten say that over the last year Canada’s international reputation has improved (22%) or somewhat improved (22%), while 20 per cent say it is neutral, and less than four in ten say that it has not improved (18%) or somewhat not improved (17%). One per cent are unsure. This represents a seven point decrease in “improved” and a three point decrease in “somewhat improved” since 2017.

Please find a copy of the complete report here.

Nanos Research and the IRPP have been conducting the Mood of Canada Survey since 2007.  The latest wave is based on a Nanos telephone and online survey of 1,000 Canadians, conducted between November 30 and December 5, 2018. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online.  A random survey of 1,000 Canadians is accurate ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Media contact:   Nik Nanos   (613) 234-4666 ext. 237   nnanos@nullnanosresearch.com

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