As part of its ongoing Focus Canada research, the Environics Institute has partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation to ask Canadians about climate change, and determine how opinions have changed or not over the past year.See research details
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International Report Card on Public Education in Canada
The Environics Institute for Survey Research is today releasing a report on Canada's public education system, in an international context. The report was prepared by Dr. Andrew Parkin, an independent education researcher and former Director General at the Council of Ministers of Education Canada. ABSTRACT The comparative performance of educat...
Why politicans fixate on the ethnic vote
The following op-ed was published by Michael Adams and Andrew Griffith in the Globe and Mail on August 17, 2015 >>>>>>>>>>> As this year’s federal election approaches, the Conservative government is increasingly crystallizing its offer to voters around a single promise: security. The economy has been removed from the...
Listening In: What recent populist victories tell us about Canada
Michael Adams published the following essay in the June 2015 edition of the Literary Review of Canada . . . . . . Societies have conversations with themselves. Sometimes these conversations are so noisy that everyone is forced to pay attention. In Canada, our noisiest conversations since World War II have been Quebec sovereignty and the War Measures Act. Th...
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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
Survey research establishes a beachhead in Cuba
Survey research has spread to virtually every corner of the populated world in recent years, extending even into conflict-ridden countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of countries where such research is not possible is very small and recently shrunk by one with the e... Read More
NYT on election polling – does it have a future?
Political polls have been part of the fabric of elections in democracies since the 1970s and for most of this period the biggest ongoing controversy has been whether polling results influence voters, and if so whether this is a good thing or not. Today, political polls face... Read More
Polling methods are under the gun, but remain essential to democracy
It is by painfully clear that public opinion surveys and polls of general populations are getting more difficult to do effectively, even as new technologies have arrived to make them cheaper and easier to do (e.g., SurveyMonkey). Recent election polling in the UK, Poland and... Read More
Crimeans weigh in on annexation, one year later
It has now been a year since the Russian annexation of Crimea, which contravened international law and raised international tensions between East and West rarely seen since the end of the Cold War. The Russian take-over of this region from Ukraine was widely viewed in wester... Read More