Could it Happen Here?

Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit

From award-winning author Michael Adams, Could It Happen Here? draws on groundbreaking new social research to show whether Canadian society is at risk of the populist forces afflicting other parts of the world

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Black Experience in the GTA

What does it mean to be a Black person today in Canada’s largest city?

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, United Way Toronto, the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Jean Augustine Chair at York University, has just released a major study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area.

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AmericasBarometer 2017

Canadians have their say on the state of their democracy and governance

The AmericasBarometer is a multi-country survey that documents how citizens in Canada and across the hemisphere view their country on key issues of democracy and governance.

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The Environics Institute

Promotes public opinion and social research

on important issues of public policy and social change. Social science-based evidence is key to helping organizations and citizens better understand Canada and our world as it is today, how it is changing, and where it is heading. Read More

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November 09, 2017

Demoracies are stronger than you may think, but Canada not all that exceptional

The following commentary piece was published by Keith Neuman in the November 9 edition of iPolitics >>>>>>>>>>>>> Populist, anti-government sentiment continues to surge in many countries with democratically-elected governments — most recently with the emergence of Andrej Babis, the new anti-establishment leader o...

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October 27, 2017

Quebec's secularism reigns supreme

The following op-ed by Michael Adams was published in the October 27, 2017 edition of The Globe and Mail >>>>>>>> Like Bill 101, Quebec's (in)famous language law, Bill 62 is likely to be remembered for a long time, both within Quebec and elsewhere in the country. The reason is that the bill highlights differences between Quebec, wher...

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October 23, 2017

Antonia Maioni joins the Instititute's Board of Directors

Board Chair Michael Mendelson is pleased to announce that Dr. Antonia Maioni is the newest member of the Environics Institute's Board of Director. Professor Maioni currently serves as Dean of Arts at McGill University,and is jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research focuses on heal...

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Research Digest

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What to conclude about public opinion research post-US election

The apparent failure of political polling to accurately predict the stunning outcome of the 2016 US election is raising fresh questions about the validity of this kind of research. There are many reasons why it is becoming more difficult to measure voter intentions and rely ... Read More

Conservatives and the 'values' thing The next leader must embrace the base — without scaring off everyone else

Theh following commentary was published by Michael Adams in the July 15, 2016 edition of iPolitics >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Even as most of us are glued to America's rancorous election, some Canadians--notably committed Conservati... Read More

Muslims and diversity in western democracies: Lessons from Canada

Commentary by Michael Adams, Founder and President of the Environics Institute Sadiq Khan, London’s recently elected mayor and a Muslim, predicted that Hilary Clinton will “trounce” Donald Trump in the U.S. general election in November. Khan’s Conse... Read More

How well do web surveys represent the public?

Arguably the most significant development in survey research over the past decade has been the rapid emergence of web-based online research methods. This trend has been driven primarily by the spread of online access and activity across the population; today roughly nine in ... Read More

Katrina 10 years later – How is New Orleans doing?

Ten years ago this month Hurricane Katrina came ashore at New Orleans and devastated parts of the city, with aftereffects taking an even greater toll on the community in terms of dislocation, government mismanagement, racism and post-traumatic stress. Reconstruction of the i... Read More

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